9 Canada

Last update: Jan 13/20

Access codes/assessment platforms

Senate endorses guiding principles for online assessment materials – August 8, 2019 (The Ubyssey)

Access code costs continue to burden students – October 11, 2018 (BCcampus newsletter)

Beyond textbook pricing, conversation about affordability expands to online assessment materials – June 15, 2018 (Ubyssey)


Publishers, universities struggle to provide timely access to accessible books – August 27, 2019 (University Affairs)

Inclusive design webinar series – March 12, 2019 (BCcampus News)

Our accessibility policy and forthcoming accessibility improvements – May 1, 2018 (Pressbooks)


Ontario schools tally OER savings with new tool – July 9, 2019 (Campus Technology)

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Open Education Stories: Adult Basic Education Zed Cred Ahead – January 24, 2019 (BCcampus)

Educators call on BC government to reverse cuts to adult ed– Sept 14, 2015 (Vancouver Sun)


This KPU professor brought open-education advocacy all the way to the UN – April 3, 2019 (University Affairs)

Canada OER group

Canada OER Group – 2019 update – February 19, 2019 (BCcampus)

Canada OER Group – June 30, 2016 (BCcampus newsletter)


Calls for support related to the CARL Open Copyright Project – June 11, 2019 (CARL/ABRC News)

How foreign companies use Canada’s universities to steal away huge chunks of intellectual property – March 6, 2019 (Ottawa Citizen)

Authors Alliance submits briefs supporting reversionary rights in Canada – December 10, 2018 (Authors Alliance)

Canadian Government Commits $50 Million to Creative Commons Licensed Open News Content – November 26, 2018 (Michael Geist)

New NAFTA would harm Canadian copyright reform and shrink the public domain – October 1, 2018 (Creative Commons)

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations worries making changes to fair dealing could cost students – June 7, 2018 (The Runner)

Her student debt payments are eating up most of her $24,000 salary – October 30, 2017 (Globe and Mail)

The Cost of a Canadian University Education in Six Charts – October 19, 2017 (MacLeans)

What the TPP means for copyright law in Canada – December 18, 2016 (CBA/ABC National)

Kate Taylor: Kids will suffer if Canada’s copyright legislation doesn’t change – April 22, 2016 (Globe and Mail)


Also see Tuition fees on this page.

How Canadians go from student debt to default – August 17, 2019 (Global News)

Provincial finance committee recommends zero-interest student loans, increased funding for student initiatives – December 6, 2018 (The Ubyssey)

Alberta post-secondary students accumulating debt at ‘alarming rate’, says expert – September 24, 2018 (Edmonton Journal)

Her student debt payments are eating up most of her $24,000 salary – October 30, 2017 (Globe and Mail)

B.C. students work more, owe more than other Canadian students – September 20, 2017 (Vancouver Sun)Word doc

Cash-strapped Alberta students leading a push for open textbooks – October 27, 2016 (Edmonton Metro)

The mental health impact of rising debt: Alot of students suffer silently – May 30, 2016 (Globe and Mail)

Canadians shouldn’t be complacent about our student debt – November 1, 2015 (Globe and Mail)

Average student debt difficult to pay off, delays life milestones – March 11, 2014 (CBC News)


(B.C.) Provincial government pledges $3.26 million towards open educational resources – April 24, 2019 (The Ubyssey)

More open textbooks arriving on student bookshelves – April 17, 2019 (BCcampus)

Student advocates investing big in open textbooks – September 20, 2018 (BCcampus)

Funding boosts the B.C. Open Textbook Project – March 30, 2017 (BC Gov News)

Textbook lesson in savings for UBC students – February 10, 2017 (BC Gov News)

Grant to accelerate uptake of open textbooks – December 1, 2015 (BC Gov News)

B.C. to lead Canada in offering students free, open textbooks – October 16, 2012 (BC Gov News)


Camosun to establish open education initiative with grant money – October 23, 2019 (Nexus)

Why universities are hiring “Wikipedeans-in-Residence” – October 3, 2019 (Macleans)

Open database of educational facilities – August 19, 2019 (StatCan Press Release)

$2.5 million in building code refunds, free codes on the way – August 14, 2019 (BC Gov News)

Wikipedian-in-residence takes up post at Montreal’s Concordia University – July 7, 2019 (CBC News)


Library publishers convene in Vancouver to discuss open platforms and open educational resources – July 15, 2019 (The Scholarly Kitchen)

CARL Brings together OER librarian leaders to identify priorities for action – September 10, 2018 (Canadian Association of Research Libraries: CARL/ABRC)

Licences and subscriptions

U of S cutting subscriptions to almost 4,000 academic journals – August 8, 2019 (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The rising price of knowledge: University of Calgary cuts 1,600 academic resources – January 16, 2017 (Gauntlet)

U of C axes hundreds of journal subscriptions as ‘big 5’ publishers jack up prices – January 19, 2017 (CBC News)

Cancellation of subscriptions to 2,116 Springer journals – May 6, 2016 (Universite de Montreal)

Open educational practices (OEP)/pedagogy

Editors Canada releases new guidelines for the ethical editing of students’ work – March 5, 2019 (University Affairs/Affaires universitaires)

New study: Exploring faculty use of OER at BC institutions – January 18, 2016 (BCcampus OpenEd)

Open Education offers students and educators new learning experiences – March 6, 2015 (BC Gov News)

Open education resources (OER)

‘A way to keep our language alive’: How the Atikamekw Nation uses Wikipedia to promote its language – December 10, 2019 (CBC News)

UMSU showcases open educational resources – November 5, 2019 (The Manitoban)

CanLiII seeks volunteer editor and writers for a BC litigation practice manual – September 4, 2019 (The CanLII Blog)

Developing a course using open educational resources at Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario – March 1, 2019 (Teach Online)

Free textbook for students: U of T Mississauga gets its first open access digital resource – January 23, 2019 (University of Toronto)

Wikipedia to get respect at Concordia University – January 16, 2019 (Montreal Gazette)

The future is open – November 29, 2018 (Dal News)

Halifax researchers create blog to bring science to a wider audience –  August 9, 2018 (The Star Halifax); blog is called Think of the PLOSibilities

Developing open educational resources in French and English for students of organic chemistry at the University of Ottawa, Canada – May 25, 2018 (Contact North)

VP University Affairs advocates for open educational resources at McGill – February 6, 2018 (The McGill Tribune)

New pilot project encourages faculty members to go beyond the textbook – July 5, 2017 (University of Calgary)

Open textbooks

Open source program to save U of R students $1.5M – January 7, 2020 (CKOM News)

Saskatchewan Government investment saves students money – January 7, 2020 (Saskatchewan Government News and Media)

Camosun to help advance the use of open textbooks – September 25, 2019 (BC Colleges)

The future is open – March 28, 2019 (The Silhouette, McMaster University’s Student Newspaper)

Open-access chemistry textbooks gain popularity – March 18, 2019 (Chemical & Engineering News)

Open education resources reduce cost to post-secondary – February 4, 2019 (Selkirk Sentinel)

Free textbook for students: U of T Mississauga gets its first open access digital resource – January 23, 2019 (U of T News)

The future is open – November 29, 2018 (Dal News)

Okanagan College professors’ approach to textbooks easing student costs – November 21, 2018 (Kelowna Now)

How to become an “eTextbook rock star” – November 21, 2018 (Daily News, McMaster U)

UPEI librarian pitches plan for more free textbooks – October 5, 2018 (CBC News)

Digital textbooks are making education more affordable and accessible for British Columbians – June 6, 2018 (Kelowna Now)

Open textbooks make education more accessible and affordable – June 5, 2018 (BC Gov News)

To combat soaring textbook costs, look to an open-source approach – January 2, 2018 (Globe and Mail)

The open educational resources movement is redefining the concept of online textbooks – April 4, 2017 (University Affairs)

Nearly all UBC math textbooks are available online for free – January 19, 2017 (The Ubyssey)

Cash-strapped Alberta students leading a push for open textbooks – October 27, 2016 (Edmonton Metro)

British Columbia university profiles to help you choose – October 18, 2017 (The Globe and Mail)

  • see KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, “In support of students facing financial barriers, KPU participates in the BC campus Open Textbook Project, which provides free digital textbooks, as well as low-cost print textbooks. More than 180 titles are currently offered through this initiative, and KPU’s adoption rate of open-access textbooks has nearly doubled over the past year.”

B.C. works to deliver more free post-secondary textbooks – December 21, 2016 (Kelowna Now)

Cash-strapped Alberta students leading a push for open textbooks – October 27, 2016 (Edmonton Metro)

Open Textbook Project eases costs for students – October 1, 2016 (Times Colonist)

Camosun trades students use free open textbooks in class – Sept 28, 2016 (Camosun College News)

Camosun students save over $115,000 with free open textbooks – Sept 27/16 (BC Gov News)

Open textbook use on the rise at U of S – Sept 21, 2016 (University of Saskatchewan web page)

UPEI students save money using online textbooks – Sept 9, 2016 (CBC News)

Additional open textbooks available for students – November 10, 2015 (BC Gov News)

Open textbooks fill digital shelves – May 29, 2015 (BC Gov News)

Open textbooks: a great idea catches on – March 6, 2015 (BC Gov News)

B.C. leading the discussion on open textbooks – April 15, 2014 (BC Gov News)

Free, online textbooks coming for skills training  – Oct 25, 2013 (BC Gov News)

More open textbooks for students underway – Oct 7, 2013 (BC Gov News)

Free, open textbooks available for students and instructors – Sept 9, 213 (BC Gov News)

Moving to the next chapter on free online textbooks – April 8, 2013 (BC Gov News)

Moving forward on free, open textbooks – February 18, 2013 (BC Gov News)


Developing open policy for higher education – April 15, 2016 (Creative Commons)


How a university took on the textbook industry – October 24, 2019 (EdSurge) Rich Baraniuk is from Winnipeg.


Open textbook combines high quality with cost savings for students – October 29, 2017 (University of Regina)

Textbook savings continue to grow for post-secondary students – December 21, 2016 (BC Gov News)

Camosun trades students use free open textbooks in class – Sept 28, 2016 (Camosun media release)

Open textbooks provide big savings and benefits for Camosun students – Sept 27, 2016 (Saanich News)

Camosun students save over $115,000 with free open textbooks – Sept 27, 2016 (BC Gov News)

B.C. celebrates student savings through the B.C. Open Textbook Project – Sept 4, 2016 (BC Gov News)

Fighting Big Textbook: How students are trying to save money as prices keep going up – Sept 4, 2015 (Financial Post): this article includes a graph comparing the Cdn consumer price index against the rising cost of textbooks and school supplies

Students saving money with open textbooks – January 10, 2014 (BC Gov News)


Exploring tension and risk in open scholarship – November 20, 2017 (Open UBC)

Student societies/activities

UPEI student union plans to hold PCs, Greens to election promises – April 30, 2019 (CBC)

Candidate profile: Julia Chai, Senate – March 9, 2019 (The Ubyssey)

Students want more invested in open textbooks – September 12, 2018 (The Omega, TRU)

University students want profs to consider free options over textbooks – September 12, 2018 (CBC News, Kitchener-Waterloo)

B.C. Federation of Students presses province on open-source textbooks – September 4, 2018 (The Star Vancouver)

Students fight back against sky-high textbook costs – September 4, 2018 (OkanaganLife)

Hat trick for UVic students recognized for leadership – June 12, 2018 (University of Victoria/UVic News)

UVic students make push for open textbooks – January 9, 2017 (Saanich News)

Open educational resources may help students with textbook costs – October 15, 2016 (The Ubyssey)

UVSS presents to BC Governments Select Standing Committee on Finance – October 12, 2016 (University of Victoria Student Society)

BC students say they are textbookbroke – Sept 7, 2016 (CBC)

Student support

Students with kids press universities for more support – January 10, 2018 (University Affairs)


University of British Columbia: Recognizing open in promotion and tenure – July 18, 2018 (by Brady Yano, Daniel Munro, and Amanda Coolidge in EDUCAUSE Review)

Textbook costs

UNB students pay as much as $340 per textbook – Sept 27, 2016 (CBC)

Open textbooks provide big savings and benefits for Camosun students – Sept 27, 2016 (Saanich News)

BC students say they are textbookbroke – Sept 7, 2016 (CBC)

How are you paying for post-secondary education? – June 28, 2016 (Globe and Mail)

Educators call on BC government to reverse cuts to adult ed – Sept 14, 2015 (Vancouver Sun)

Back to school 2015: How post-secondary students can fight ‘grim reality’ of rising textbook costs – Sept 4, 2015 (CBC News)

Fighting big textbook: How students are trying to save money as prices keep going up – Sept 4, 2015 (Financial Post)

Tuition fees

Also see Debt on this page.

Tuition fees for degree programs, 2019/2020 – September 4, 2019 (StatsCan The Daily)

Financial information of community colleges and vocational schools, 2016/2017 – December 12, 2018 (Statistics Canada)

Liberals write off $200 million in student loans feds will never collect – February 16, 2018 (taken from The Canadian Press, published in NationTalk)

The Cost of a Canadian University Education in Six Charts – October 19, 2017 (MacLeans)

University tuition fees in Canada rise 40 per cent in a decade – September 7, 2016 (Global News)

The cheapest and most expensive degree programs in Canada: StatsCan – September 6, 2017 (Global News)

Educators call on BC government to reverse cuts to adult ed – Sept 14, 2015 (Vancouver Sun)

Zero Textbook Costs (ZTC) programs

No textbooks? No problem – May 3, 2019 (Royal Roads University News)


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