Government Submissions

OUSA advocates on behalf of its 140,000 members at its eight member schools across the province. To do this effectively, each year a variety of submissions to the government are created that summarize the positions of students.

Unlocking Student Potential: The Key to Ontario’s Success

This year, students recommend that the budget represents a commitment to increasing affordability, supporting student health and employment, and expanding student mobility. To achieve these ends, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, representing over 155,000 professional and undergraduate university students, submits the following recommendations for the 2013 Provincial Budget to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of Ontario’s post-secondary education system.

Ontario’s Next Tuition Framework (Part 2)

While the cost of tuition and the rate at which it increases are obviously important subjects to students, they often cloud other important tuition-related issues. For instance, there are currently no regulations governing how and when universities may charge students tuition, meaning that each institution has the freedom to set individual payment processes.

Ontario’s Next Tuition Framework (Part 1)

It will not come as a surprise to most readers of this document that students are asking for a shift in Ontario’s tuition policy. Students’ concerns with tuition are so omnipresent in public debate that they have almost become synonymous with the very notion of a student movement. This harmful perception can make it seem like the student position on tuition is simple and has not evolved over time. In turn, the student movement is sometimes viewed as overly idealistic and opposed in principle to any student-borne costs.

Innovation and Productivity Roundtables: A Response

In this section, we address concerns raised in the consultations about dichotomies between standardization and innovation, and argue that there are ways that we can ensure consistency in learning outcomes across the system without infringing on institutional autonomy or academic freedom. We also recommend once more that the CLA be introduced in Ontario using samples of students from each institution, not as a standardized test. Finally, we recognize the value of the government setting priorities for the transformation of Ontario’s post-secondary system, and holding it accountable for achieving these priorities.

Educated Reform

Educated Reform adopts the attitude that the methods used to achieve outcomes are in constant need of further perfection. The quality of institutions can always be improved. This report focuses on four key issues in higher education in need of address.

Affording our Future: Leveraging Ontario’s Investment in Post-Secondary Education

Not only does OUSA recommend that the recent investments the Ontario government has made in postsecondary education remain in the budget, but we also strongly believe that they should be improved upon in order to ensure an effective use of funding and truly meet the needs of students. This submission is structured around three major priorities relating to recent investments in higher education.

Student Health: Bringing Healthy Change to Ontario’s Universities

OUSA believes that the physical and mental health of post-secondary students is critical to their academic success and personal well-being. Student Health: Bringing Healthy Change to Ontario’s Universities focuses on the provision of physical healthcare and mental health services at Ontario universities. Students believe that these services fill an important role, but could be improved. Student ancillary fees, physician compensation, the integration of care, front-line mental health care, anti-stigma initiatives, and services for marginalized students are some of the topics addressed in this submission.

Tomorrow’s Tuition: A New Framework for Affordable Higher Education

Since 2006, a government framework allowing an average of five per cent increases annually has regulated tuition fees in Ontario. This framework sets no requirements on how or when universities may charge tuition. This current system has caused concern among students for quite some time due to implications for the affordability, accessibility and fairness of higher education.

Submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario

A major area of research and advocacy for OUSA is the accessibility of higher education in Ontario. OUSA believes that all individuals should have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, regardless of socio-economic circumstances. In light of our work on accessibility, we were excited to hear that the Government of Ontario has commissioned a review of social assistance, with the specific goal of making recommendations that “reduce barriers and support people’s transition into, and attachment, within the labour market.” Given that an estimated seven out of ten future jobs will require a post-secondary credential, being able to access college and university education while on social assistance can be a critical step in obtaining secure employment for individuals on social assistance.

Our Vote, Our Future: The Student Platform

Ontario's ability to endure what continues to plague much of the global economy will require government leadership on many fronts, but there is one undeniable way to ensure long-term prosperity: Invest in post-secondary education.