Press Release: Students Supportive of Ontario’s Investment in Campus Mental Health

TORONTO, April 23, 2015 – Ontario students are pleased to see improvements to Student Financial Assistance needs assessments in the Ontario 2015 Provincial Budget. New improvements include the removal of in-study income exemptions, a simplified student contribution, the decoupling of grants and loans as well as a vehicle exemption. By addressing the assessment process, the budget makes the system more accessible, understandable and empowers students to support their education while in school. These changes will make it easier for students to continue to finance their education and can have …read more

Today I was quoted in the London Free Press addressing a recent poll that asked Canadians on their opinion about tuition. The poll (released by Forum Research) shows that 53% of all Canadians believe that tuition should be free. I can definitely say that my university stats professor would be proud of me for being a little critical of this number. Post-secondary education has an incredible value to society, and my education has taught me to be critical of the world around me. When considering this poll, it is essential to consider the reason WHY Canadians would have responded in this way. Any …read more

When you look at the numbers, they indicate that tuition in Ontario is changing: not just rising, but shifting in perception and purpose. We have been compiling data from annual financial reports for a few years now and put together the following chart. For OUSA followers, this information is nothing new: students have been contributing more to university operating budgets than the provincial government since 2011. By our calculations, the most recent financial reports show tuition alone made up 45 percent of universities’ revenues in 2014—51 percent when fees are included. [i] Compared to …read more

Last month, OUSA delegates at McMaster University passed our new policy paper on LGBTQ+ students. Though other OUSA policies recognize and discuss the barriers and challenges facing LGBTQ+ students (for example, our Health and Wellness Paper and our Comprehensive Access Strategy Paper), this last general assembly marked the first time the topic was introduced into our library as its own full policy paper.We are very excited to have standing policy on this topic on which to advocate. Students who identify as LGBTQ+ face barriers and discrimination, and it is incumbent on everyone to do their pa …read more