Saskatchewan university students will pay the highest tuition in Western Canada this year, a Statistics Canada report says.

According to a study released by the federal agency on Wednesday, a year of tuition in Saskatchewan for the 2016-17 school year will cost, on average, about $7,177 a year.

That's higher than Manitoba ($4,058), Alberta ($5,750) or B.C. ($5,534).

It's also the third highest in Canada after Ontario ($8,114) and Nova Scotia ($7,218).

Students in Newfoundland and Labrador pay the lowest annual tuition: $2,759 annually.

Saskatchewan tuition rates are 3rd highest in Canada

Saskatchewan tuition rates are highest in western Canada and the third-highest of all provinces. (CBC News)

The Opposition New Democrats said the results show that the Saskatchewan Party government is failing students.

Since taking power, the Sask. Party has hiked tuition fees by 35 per cent, the NDP said in a news release.

The Sask. Party has accused the New Democrats of having a bad record on universities, saying that when the NDP was in power, it underfunded post-secondary education and caused major tuition increases.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said university tuition is lowest in Quebec. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, it's Newfoundland and Labrador where tuition is lowest.
    Sep 08, 2016 12:26 PM CT