OUSA Releases Report on Student Financial Assistance in Ontario

When it comes to corporate influences at post-secondary institutions, a prominent trend has been the outsourcing of services such as food services operations to outside corporations in order to improve the efficiency and management of the service. In the late 1990’s, food services operations at Laurier were largely split between the University and the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. However, in July of 2000, a major contract was signed with the food service provider ARAMARK Canada to manage part of Laurier’s Food Services department in partnership with the University and the …read more

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