06/17/2015 07:28 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 05:59 EDT

Vanier College adopts deficit budget for next fiscal year

Vanier College's Board of Directors adopted a deficit budget for the 2015-2016 school year and warns that job losses are on the way.

"We have tried not to affect services to students, but there is no doubt the cuts are going to have an impact. Contract workers and special projects are not being renewed," said Vanier's director general Normand Bernier. "There will be jobs lost as positions vacated through retirement will not be filled."

Bernier said that the deficit of $574,630 would have been even worse had it not been for a surplus the school accumulated in previous years.

Legally, only CEGEPS with a surplus are allowed to adopt a deficit budget.

Vanier is now among the majority of public CEGEPS across the province which either already have or expect to have a deficit for 2015-2016.

Bernier blamed the province for imposing cuts without offering a plan.

"It's difficult to develop a vision for the College when the government is lacking in its own vision of how it wants the CEGEP network to develop. That's what we're missing right now so what we have year after year are only reductions without a real knowledge of what we should do."

In Quebec City on Wednesday, Education Minister François Blais said the ministry works with CEGEPS to try to find solutions and that deficit budgets must be balanced quickly.