Member of Provincial Parliament, Pickering-Scarborough East
Dear Friends and Neighbours,
I would like to thank everyone who joined me, my staff and the many volunteers, at my Annual New Year’s Levee and Volunteer Recognition Event. Great music, great food and of course great company was enjoyed by all. A big part of my Levee is the presentation of certificates to people who volunteer their time in the community. This year we were pleased to say thank you to 20 individuals who have taken the time to give back to our community.
Now that the holidays are behind us, students across the province are returning to school. I am very excited to share with you some information on how Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for our students. This year, as announced in the 2016 Budget, Ontario is modernizing the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year college and university students will be the first recipients of a newly created Ontario Student Grant (OSG), which will make average college or university tuition free for eligible students.
Attending college or university should be based on your ability to learn, and not on your ability to pay. If your family income is under $50,000, your tuition is covered. Even if your family earns more, the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is still there to help with a combination of grants and loans for both full-time and part-time students. When you apply for OSAP for full-time studies, you can choose to receive only non-repayable grants if you do not want a loan. OSAP is available to dependent students, mature students, married students, and students with children.
More information is available at: www.ontario.ca/osap
As always, my staff and I are here to support you by answering your questions and resolving issues related to provincial government services. Please do not hesitate to contact my Constituency Office. You may stop by in person at 300 Kingston Road, Pickering, Unit 7, call us at 905-509-0336, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to receive our quarterly e-newsletter please send your email to the above address with the subject line “e-newsletter”.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Tracy MacCharles, MPP