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The Ontario Undergraduate Steering Committee elects new Executive

May 18th, 2018

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s new Steering Committee met for the first time and is proud to announce the election of our 2018-2019 Executive Officers:

  • President Danny Chang, who also serves as Vice-President of the University Students' Council at Western University.
  • Vice-President Finance Shannon Kelly, who also serves as Vice-President, University Affairs at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union.
  • Vice-President Administration & Human Resources Julia Göllner, who also serves as Academic Affairs Commissioner at the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University.

Students respond to the NDP platform

April 18, 2018

Toronto, ON - Earlier this week, the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Ontario released their official platform and Ontario students, through the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), are pleased about the commitments laid out in the party’s platform announcement.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance releases policy paper: “Student Mobility and Credit Transfer"

March 29, 2018

Toronto, ON -  A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on simplifying the credit transfer process and supporting transfer students in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for improved system design, consistency, transparency, and predictability within Ontario’s transfer system.

Students respond to Ontario budget

March 28th, 2018

Toronto, ON – Students in Ontario, through the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, say this provincial budget brings relief for students.

The most important investment in this budget is a portion of the $2.1 billion in mental health funding that will be dedicated to post-secondary students. In November, OUSA partnered with the College Student Alliance, Council of Ontario Universities, and Colleges Ontario, to release In It Together an action plan for student mental health. The “whole of community” approach recommended in our action plan has been adopted by the provincial government’s commitment to integrated care. Other recommendations, such as resiliency training for students in K-12 education to help their transition to post-secondary education have been captured in this year’s budget. In order for post-secondary students to receive the portion of this investment they need, the government still needs to recognize post-secondary education as a priority group in their strategy.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance releases policy paper: “Mature Students”

March 26, 2018

Toronto, ON -  A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on enhancing the lives of mature students in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for: standardizing definitions, data collection, financial barriers, student success and accessible childcare.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance releases policy paper: “Student Health and Wellness”

March 23rd, 2018

Toronto, ON A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on the improvement of the health and wellness of students in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for mental health, substance abuse and addictions, medical accommodations and OHIP+, sexual health and physical health.

Campus sexual violence prevention and response: OUSA stands behind OurTurn

March 21st, 2018

Toronto, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance has endorsed a letter written by OurTurn: A National, Student-Led Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence. This letter is addressed to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills development to highlight the need for minimum standards for all campus sexual violence policies, and more oversight for institutions so that they can be accountable to Ontario’s campus sexual violence legislation.

Students respond to Throne Speech

March 19th, 2018

Toronto, ON - Students, represented by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), react positively to the Speech from the Throne delivered by Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell today. Students were pleased to hear about the continued commitment by government to expand financial assistance opportunities under the new Ontario Student Assistance Program, as well as the expansion of access to mental health care for youth in schools and our communities.