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OUSA releases policy paper titled "Gender-Based Sexual Violence Prevention & Response"

May 19th, 2020

 

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release our policy to support the eradication of gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions across the province. The paper was written, approved, and published by students to provide the provincial government with recommendations that are theory-driven and grounded in evidence to create safer and more accountable campuses with the necessary resources to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. 

 

OUSA releases policy paper titled "International Students & International Education"

May 11th, 2020

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release our policy paper on International Students & International Education, which was approved at our virtual Spring General Assembly in April. Written and ratified by students, this paper provides recommendations intended to increase the quality of exchange programs and improve the experiences of international students studying at post-secondary institutions in Ontario.

OUSA releases policy paper titled "Rural & Northern Students

May 4th, 2020

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release our policy on improving post-secondary education for rural and northern students. The paper was written, approved, and published by students to elevate student concerns and provide recommendations to improve the experiences of rural and northern post-secondary students.

 

OUSA responds to Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan

March 25, 2020

Toronto, ON - Today, the Honorable Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, presented Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan and an Economic and Fiscal Update. The update includes important investments to support those most impacted by COVID-19 and addresses some of the financial challenges faced by post-secondary students and graduates navigating the current landscape in Ontario.

 

OUSA commends Government of Canada for introducing a six-month interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans

March 18, 2020


Toronto, ON - Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a six-month interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans as part of the country’s economic stimulus package in light of COVID-19. This announcement comes after the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released a letter calling on the federal government to implement this necessary measure. OUSA commends the federal government for taking quick action to address the challenges Canadian post-secondary graduates will face in making Canada Student Loan repayments as a result of the income barriers that COVID-19 presents.

OUSA Letter to federal government calling for emergency grace period for Canada Student Loan payments

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The Honourable Carla Qualtrough 

Minister of Employment, Workforce, Development and Disability 

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

 

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

 

Dear Minister Qualtrough & Minister Hussen,

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), alongside the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) and the College Student Alliance (CSA), is writing in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the ability of Canadians to make Canada Student Loan (CSL) and interest payments.

OUSA Letter to Minister Romano calling for emergency grace period for OSAP payments

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The Honourable Ross Romano

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 

5th Floor, 438 University Ave

Toronto, ON M7A 2A5

 

Dear Minister Romano,

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the College Student Alliance (CSA) are writing in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the ability of Ontarians to make OSAP loan and interest payments.

OUSA suspends Spring 2020 General Assembly in light of COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Toronto, ON - Yesterday, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) suspended the biannual meeting of its General Assembly, which was scheduled to take place this weekend at Western University. This decision was made in accordance with the statement put out by Western University yesterday afternoon, which advised that all discretionary events on campus with more than 50 people currently scheduled until April 30, 2020 be cancelled, postponed, or offered virtually. Western’s decision was made in consultation with Middlesex-London Health Unit and is motivated by efforts to ensure the health and safety of visitors to the campus and local community.

OUSA responds to A Roadmap to Wellness: a plan to build Ontario’s mental health and addictions system

March 3, 2020

TORONTO, ON -

Today, the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Deputy Premier, announced A Roadmap to Wellness: A plan to build Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. This mental health strategy sets out to build a connected mental health and addictions system and focuses on four pillars: improving quality, expanding existing services, implementing innovative solutions, and improving access.