News release

Government Increases Funding for Two Universities

Government is increasing its annual operating grant to two Nova Scotia universities.

Labour and Advanced Education will provide an additional $3.95-million to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and $2.2-million to the University of King’s College in Halifax in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

This increase in operational funding will help stabilize their financial positions heading into the 2019-2024 memorandum of understanding between government and the universities.

“St. Francis Xavier and the University of King’s College have been fixtures in our communities for more than a century, and we want their economic, social and cultural contributions to continue for years to come,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “We’ll continue to work closely with St. FX, King’s and all our universities as we move forward.”

Universities in the province receive an annual grant from government and generate revenue through tuition and other means. In 2018-19, government provided $341 million in university operating grants.

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Government is increasing its annual operating grant to two Nova Scotia universities.

St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish will receive 3-point-9-5 million dollars and the University of King’s College in Halifax will receive 2 point 2 million dollars. This increase in operational funding will help stabilize both institutions’ financial positions.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis says that government will continue to work closely with St. FX, King’s and all universities in the province.

Government and the universities will enter into a new memorandum of understanding next year.

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Media Contacts:

Shannon Kerr
Labour and Advanced Education 902-717-6061 Email:
Cindy MacKenzie
St. Francis Xavier University 902-867-2401 Cell: 902-872-0612 Email:
Adriane Abbott
University of King’s College 902-422-1271 ext. 129 Email: