(Photo: twitter.com/CPAC_TV)

Federal election

Trudeau talks two-year grace period on student loans while visiting B.C.

Trudeau spoke about the Liberals’ plan to ‘make education more affordable for students’

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau stopped at SFU Surrey on Friday to highlight the party’s education platform ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election.

“It’s great to be back in Surrey on the first day of advanced polls to talk about what a re-elected Liberal government will do to help young people get ahead,” Trudeau said to open his talk in Surrey.

Trudeau focused on the Liberals’ plan to “make education more affordable for students,” noting that many young people are forced to take loans and get a job to help pay for tuition, textbook, rent and other bills.

A re-elected Liberal government, Trudeau said, would introduce a two-year grace period for the repayment of student loans following graduation.

ALSO READ: 57% of British Columbians think voting should be mandatory

“That means no payments and no interest when you first enter the job market,” said Trudeau.

After that, Trudeau said a Liberal government would ensure new grads wouldn’t have to start repaying their loans until they’re earning at least $35,000 a year and if their income ever falls below this level, their payments would be put on hold.

Trudeau also highlighted the Liberal promise to cut cell phone bills by 25 per cent.

The Liberals promise that if re-elected they would increase Canada Student Grants, reduce interest costs on Canada Student Loans, improve the repayment assistance program, and give “more help” to adult students and people receiving EI, according to campaign literature.

The party also promises to establish a “more generous” Canada Student Grants and more affordable and flexible student loans.

ALSO READ: Advance voting in 2019 federal election begins

“We will give full- and part-time students up to $1,200 more per year, through increased Canada Student Grants,” notes the party’s platform.

New parents would also be allowed to “pause” their student loan repayments, interest-free, until their youngest child reached the age of five. New parents who have graduated but haven’t yet finished paying off their student loans would also be enabled to “hit pause” until their child turns five.

    Just Posted

    Mark Strahl takes commanding lead in Chilliwack-Hope

    But Conservatives look like they’re heading back to opposition bench

    $1 million fundraising campaign to improve Primary Care Clinic at Chilliwack General Hospital

    Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation campaign aims to improve services to most vulnerable patients

    Pedestrian struck by vehicle once every five days in Chilliwack

    In 2018 there were 76 incidents up from the five-year average of 57

    Shelter access moving to the side of the building in Chilliwack on the heels of complaints

    Renos to The Portal will see new bunk beds, indoor washrooms and a review of security and cleaniness

    Drivers warn of slippery conditions on the Coquihalla

    Snow is falling at the Summit of the Coquihalla

    Second young woman dies after rollover crash near Williams Lake

    ‘Someone’s going to get her heart, which is awesome, because she has the best heart in the world’

    Google searches for ‘how to vote’ surge on Election Day

    Interest spikes despite social media campaign by Elections Canada

    Police watchdog seeking ‘key witness’ in Taser incident along Vancouver seawall

    Independent Investigations Office of B.C. looking for woman who was sitting nearby with dog

    Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

    It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

    B.C. mayor apologizes for removal of Queen’s portrait from council chambers

    ‘I prefer to be inclusive of the many aspects of our history’

    Alcohol a possible factor in crash that killed 17-year-old girl near Williams Lake

    A pickup truck left the road and rolled over on Highway 20 on the weekend

    Rare bird spotted in Victoria draws enthusiasts from across the continent

    It’s the first time a yellow-browed warbler has been reported on the mainland of North America

    B.C. woman must pay $1,000 after unleashed dog bites another

    Owner should never have left Bibi unattended, tribunal member wrote

    Most Read