Canada Post-Secondary Education Act

An Act relating to cash contributions by Canada and to criteria and conditions in respect of post-secondary education

This bill was last introduced in the 43rd Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2021.


Heather McPherson  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of June 17, 2021
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment establishes criteria and conditions in respect of funding for post-secondary education in a province that must be met before a cash contribution may be made. It also provides for the development of a framework for the division of the total Canada Social Transfer entitlement into two distinct components.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Canada Post-Secondary Education ActRoutine Proceedings

June 17th, 2021 / 10:15 a.m.
See context


Heather McPherson NDP Edmonton Strathcona, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-312, An Act relating to cash contributions by Canada and to criteria and conditions in respect of post-secondary education.

Mr. Speaker, post-secondary education advances our social, cultural and economic well-being and determines our ability to innovate, respond to change and maintain a vibrant and stable democracy. Post-secondary educational excellence and accessibility are the single most important driver of a growing economy and a better Canada.

Access to and the quality of our post-secondary institutions are being eroded due to the ever-increasing cost of tuition, the increased commercialization of everything from food services to research, and cutbacks to programs and other care services. Currently, federal support for post-secondary education is rolled into the Canada social transfer. This bill separates post-secondary education funding to provinces from other social transfer funding, creates a framework for post-secondary education funding, and ties that funding to meeting quality and accessibility standards, including limiting short-term, casual and contract academic labour and ensuring reasonable access for qualified persons regardless of their ability to pay.

Since I was elected to represent Edmonton Strathcona, a riding with so many incredible post-secondary institutions, I have been fighting for students, professors, researchers and everyone who recognizes the incomparable value of quality, accessible post-secondary education in our country. This bill is the next step in that fight.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)