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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.

Ontario students release budget recommendation for government to create opportunities for student success

January 22nd, 2018

Toronto, ON -  The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance is releasing budget recommendations for the government, titled Educated Investments: Creating Opportunities for Student Success. This submission highlights the need for further investment in open educational resources, experiential learning, and university funding to maintain and improve the affordability and quality of a university education in the province.

January 17th, 2018

Statement from OUSA President, Andrew Clubine:

On behalf of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, I would like to welcome the Honourable Mitzie Hunter to the role of Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. We look forward to working with the Minister on all aspects of this important portfolio - from continuing to examine strategies for improved mental health on campus, to emerging student priorities such as open educational resources.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance kicks off Student Advocacy Week

November 27th, 2017

Toronto, ON -  This morning, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance kicks off the 2017  Student Advocacy Week. Students from across Ontario will be travelling to Queen’s Park where they will be advocating for investment in Open Educational Resources, improving the Tuition and Funding frameworks, and supporting students and their mental health.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance releases policy paper: “System Vision”

November 23rd, 2017

Toronto, ON -  A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning offers a broad stance on students’ vision on the ideal structure and function of Ontario’s post-secondary sector. Through evidence-based recommendations, this paper provides tangible policy options that protect the values of an affordable, accessible, high quality, and accountable university system.