Student Advocacy Conference: Recap for 2022
December 4th, 2022: A recap of SAC 2022 is available at this link.
November 15, 2022
OUSA returns to Queen's Park for annual Student Advocacy Conference
TORONTO – This week from November 14th to 17th, twenty student leaders from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) are meeting with MPPs and their staff to discuss student concerns. OUSA represents 150,000 students from eight universities across Ontario, and our student representatives will be advocating for OUSA’s priorities on Affordability, Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Prevention, Rural and Northern Students, and Sector Sustainability.
October 28, 2022
TORONTO – Yesterday, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities announced legislative changes that address student concerns about consent, abuse of power, and silencing in cases of faculty or staff sexual misconduct against students. You can find more information on this announcement at this link.
“We are pleased with Minister Dunlop’s legislative changes that support survivors and protect students from harm in potential incidents of faculty-perpetrated sexual violence,” says Jessica Look, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. “Students across Ontario need continued governmental and institutional support to create a safer learning environment free of sexual harassment.”
September 23, 2022
OUSA shares “a visual glossary” for Consent Awareness Week
TORONTO, ON – During the first-ever national Consent Awareness Week from September 19th to 23rd, 2022, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) shared a visual glossary highlighting six popular terms in sex and gender-based violence (SGBV) advocacy.
OUSA Publishes Issue 16 of Educated Solutions: Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Post-Secondary in Ontario
September 7, 2022
OUSA Publishes Issue 16 of Educated Solutions:
Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Post-Secondary in Ontario
TORONTO - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has released Issue 16 of its annual magazine, Educated Solutions. This year's edition focuses on the future of post-secondary education in the province, and the various areas that governments, stakeholders, and institutions must consider as they develop their strategic visions for the sector.
July 29, 2022
OUSA Releases “RGB: Issues in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education,” a Photo Series by Vivian Chiem
TORONTO - On Friday, July 29th, 2022 OUSA released RGB: Issues in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education, a collection of photographs and data to visually highlight some key themes from the 2020 iteration of OUSA’s rigorous bi-annual research undertaking, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Survey (OUSS). RGB (red, green, and blue) features 9 color-coded photographs on sexual and gender-based violence, affordability, and mental health, accompanied by text featuring data from the 2020 OUSS and other sources.
May 16, 2022
OUSA releases “Habitats: Students in their Municipalities 2022”
TORONTO - Today the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released its annual publication, Habitats: Students in their Municipalities. Each year, students from OUSA’s member institutions highlight the successes and challenges they face in their municipalities through a series of case studies on municipal-level topics and issues affecting undergraduate students across the province.
May 13, 2022
OUSA releases policy paper titled “Student Financial Aid”
TORONTO - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release the final policy paper approved by OUSA’s Spring 2022 General Assembly, Student Financial Aid. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the intention of expressing their concerns and offering recommendations on the student financial aid system in Ontario, namely via the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
April 28, 2022
OUSA responds to the 2022 Ontario Budget
TORONTO - Today, the Ontario government released Ontario’s Plan to Build, the 2022 Ontario Budget. This budget is focused on the province’s economic recovery and includes investments to help keep Ontario safe and healthy. Post-secondary education is critical to the future of Ontario and to support our economic recovery, yet there is a noticeable lack of targeted investments to adequately support these students, and the sector as a whole. In order to address the challenges students are currently facing, OUSA will continue to ask for comprehensive student financial assistance, proactive sexual and gender-based violence services, targeted student mental health funding, and increased operating funding to the post-secondary sector.
April 20, 2022
Student Organizations Across the Country Release a Joint Publication on Student Financial Aid
TORONTO – In a time of consistent financial precarity, nine student advocacy organizations across Canada have come together to release Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on the Changing Landscape of Student Financial Aid. This year's publication looks at how both provincial and federal governments can strengthen financial aid programs and frameworks to equitably distribute funding that targets students’ needs, especially following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many communities across the country, students faced a significant financial hit from the pandemic, jeopardizing the affordability of post-secondary for both current and prospective students.
April 13, 2022
OUSA releases policy paper titled “Tech-Enabled Learning”
TORONTO - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release the second policy paper approved by OUSA’s Spring 2022 General Assembly, Tech-Enabled Learning. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of bringing attention to student concerns and recommendations that address the sudden transition to remote learning.