OUSA Releases Report on Student Financial Assistance in Ontario

Hello, my name is Rodrigo Narro Perez and I am the Vice-President Education for the McMaster Students Union (MSU) and am also part of this year’s Steering Committee for OUSA. I am a graduate of the Honours Integrated Science program with a specialization in Earth and Environmental Sciences at McMaster. The past four years at McMaster have been quite incredible, and I’m thankful to be able to represent undergraduates at McMaster and across the province this year.
As an OSAP student I have always been aware of certain issues that post-secondary students face. It was not until I got involved …read more

En Route to: Strat Con 2014!

Hello everyone and happy Monday!
Today OUSA Steering Committee and Home Office are traveling to Blue Mountain for our annual Strategic Planning Conference, and we’re all excited to get this week started! This week’s schedule is jam-packed, full of some of the most important sessions we will participate in this year. The purpose of Strat Con is to set the stage for our advocacy, research, and communication priorities for the upcoming year. This week our Steering Committee will choose which policy papers they would like to author, discuss ideas for on campus campaigns, and begin planning for …read more

One Year Later: Crown Ward Access to PSE

With university tuition in Ontario steadily rising over the last decades, the provincial government has long acknowledged the financial barrier this presents to students hoping to enroll in post-secondary education. The government has formally recognized this reality by offering varying degrees of financial assistance, aiming to help low-income and other marginalized students attain further education despite the costs. Unfortunately, all financial assistance is not created equal, and up until little over a year ago one group of potential students was particularly neglected: Ontario’s Crown w …read more

July’s Message from the President

June has already come and gone, and over at OUSA, Home Office staff and members of Steering Committee are busy at work while many of Ontario’s post-secondary students are enjoying their summer breaks. OUSA’s Steering Committee members are now two months into the job and are working hard to get their feet under them. July has been a fast-paced month for OUSA, releasing our new report on student employment, welcoming the new minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and preparing for our Strategic Planning Conference.
Early in June, OUSA released We Work Hard for Our Money: Student Em …read more