Presidential Update - March 2019
March 19, 2019
TORONTO, ON -
Content Warning: this press release contains upsetting subject matter regarding sexual violence.
Today, the Ontario government announced the summary results from the 2018 Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey, including responses from over 160,000 post-secondary students — 117,000 of whom were university students. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) believes that releasing the results summary is a step forward in continuing the dialogue about the climate of sexual violence on campuses. However, OUSA is deeply concerned about the degree to which students experience sexual violence and urges the government to take greater action to end sexual violence on campus.
An Open Letter - Submission: Questions for the Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
On January 22, 2019, OUSA met with the Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. We brought up several questions for clarification, student concerns, and identified the potential impacts of these changes. OUSA will continue to meet with government to stress the negative impacts that these changes will have on students, student unions, and institutions.
January 17, 2019
TORONTO, ON - Today, the provincial government announced changes to Ontario’s tuition framework for universities, including a 10% decrease in domestic undergraduate and professional tuition across all programs. Post-secondary students in Ontario have faced the highest tuition fees nationwide and affordability remains a high priority for Ontario students and their families. Students are pleased to see the provincial government's initiative to address high educational costs by reducing tuition fees, as well as a freeze on tuition in the following years.
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance responds to optional opt-out of non-tuition and non-essential ancillary fees
January 17, 2019
TORONTO, ON -- Today, the provincial government announced several changes to Ontario’s tuition framework for universities and Ontario’s student financial aid system. OUSA’s full response to the changes to the Tuition Framework and OSAP can be found here. In this announcement, the government also included a stipulation that would allow students to opt-out of certain non-tuition fees which are deemed “non-essential”.
December 5th, 2018
TORONTO, ON - Students recognize the Auditor General’s report on the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) this afternoon. The availability of student financial assistance is critical for many Ontarians who pursue college or university. Students believe that investments in the future of this province should be protected, and that the hundreds of thousands of families accessing OSAP in each corner of this province should continue to reap the benefits of education.
November 23, 2018
TORONTO, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning focuses on improving teaching and learning, expanding high impact learning opportunities, and enhancing inclusive learning experiences.
November 21, 2018
TORONTO, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on technology enabled learning, with the purpose of providing recommendations to develop a post-secondary technology strategy in Ontario.
November 19, 2018
TORONTO, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on the cost and affordability of post-secondary education in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for renewing Ontario’s tuition framework, reducing tuition costs, and restoring public funding to Ontario’s universities.
November 16, 2018
TORONTO, ON - Today, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released its stance on Freedom of Speech and Expression that was written by student delegates and passed at the General Assembly on November 4th. Students believe that free speech is already protected by Canadian law on their campuses, and that they are able to engage in fruitful discussions and debate. However, students are concerned about the provincial government’s directive on free speech and OUSA asks that the provincial government rescind the directive.
November 12, 2018
TORONTO, ON - This morning is the start of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)’s Advocacy Week. Students from across Ontario will head to Queen’s Park to advocate for safer and healthier university campuses and to better prepare graduates for the workforce.