Canadian undergraduate college students will pay an additional five percent in tuition over last year, according to Statistics Canada. The agency stated the average tuition bill last year was $5,313, but this year students are paying $5,581.
According to the agency, tuition fees rose in every province with the exceptions of Newfoundland and Labrador, where they haven’t increased since 2003-2004.
However, including the increase, tuition fees in Quebec are $2,774, just above the $2,649 charged in Newfoundland and Labrador, while Ontario students paid an average of $7,180 in tuition.
The lowest average tuition rates in the country are enjoyed by undergrads in Newfoundland/Labrador and Quebec, while Ontario students pay the highest tuition in Canada as a whole.
Dentistry students pay the highest average undergraduate fees at $16,910 while tuition for medical students averages $11,891 and pharmacy students, $10,297.
All undergraduate tuitions increased, ranging from 2.7 per cent in agriculture, natural resources and conservation to 6.8 per cent in business, management and public administration.
Average tuition fees increased 2 percent in British Columbia and 10.1 per cent in Quebec.
Graduate students paid the highest fees in Ontario ($8,041), followed by students in Nova Scotia ($7,613) and British Columbia ($7,593).