9 Canada

Last update: May 7/19

Access codes/assessment platforms

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)


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

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

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

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 – June 30, 2016 (BCcampus newsletter)


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.

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)

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)


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


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

Licences and subscriptions

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)

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

Open education resources (OER)

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

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-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)

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)

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)

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

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)


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


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

Camosun trades students use free open textbooks in class – Sept 28/16 (Camosun media release)

Open textbooks provide big savings and benefits for Camosun students – Sept 27/16 (Saanich News)

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


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)

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

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

Tuition fees

Also see Debt on this page.

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

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

Zed creds/Z degrees

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


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