Presidential Update - August 2019
November 21st, 2017
Toronto, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning outlines the organization’s vision for Open Educational Resources - such as those available free through the Ontario Open Textbook Library. This paper captures students’ thoughts on OERs and explores how students feel the government can continue to expand on their recent initiatives with eCampusOntario.
November 15th, 2017
Toronto, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on enhancing the accountability of public universities in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for accountability mechanisms to public goals and priorities in the areas of: quality assurance, Strategic Mandate Agreements, university governance, and Ombudsman offices.
November 14th, 2017
Toronto, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) welcomes investments made in the employment of young people in today’s 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. The Minister of Finance announced $124 million to support the hiring and retention of young workers in small businesses through incentives.
November 9th, 2017
Toronto, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on enhancing the experience of Indigenous students in the province. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for reconciliation in post-secondary education in the areas of: financial and non-financial barriers, decolonizing and Indigenizing institutions, Indigenous support services, and Indigenous employment and community development.
Ontario students and post-secondary institutions make immediate call for new, integrated mental health strategy
TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2017 - Ontario’s students, colleges and universities are calling on the province to take immediate action on the growing problem of student mental health with an integrated strategy that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school, post-secondary life and adulthood.
TORONTO, August 1, 2017 - Student organizations across the country today released a joint publication on student mental health, titled, Shared Perspectives.
The publication includes contributions from the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA), and Students Nova Scotia (SNS), and was produced with the support of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
Students Celebrate Government Investment into Increased Mental Health Supports on Campuses Across Ontario
TORONTO, May 3, 2017 – The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is celebrating significant achievements for Ontarian students following today’s announcement by Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, regarding increased allocations in funding to support mental health services and supports across Ontario’s post-secondary education campuses.
Students excited about 2017 Ontario Budget’s continued investment in access to post-secondary education
TORONTO, April 27, 2017 – Students were pleased with many of the announcements in the newly released 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario. Last year, Ontario’s plan to build the province up made landmark investments to student financial aid through the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which will begin this fall and provide increased financial supports to over 230,000 Ontarian students. The 2017 budget continues to build on the principles that post-secondary education should be affordable, accessible, accountable, and of high-quality.
TORONTO, April 19, 2017 – Students were pleased with the recommendations in the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel report, Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Shared Responsibility, released less than a year ago. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) participated in the consultations leading up to this report, resulting in the inclusion of recommendations from our Student Employment Policy. Today OUSA proudly supports another step towards improving students’ employment outcomes as Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, and Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, announce the province’s new Career Kick-Start Strategy.
OUSA to Publish Student Data on the Affordability, Quality, and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education
TORONTO, February 6, 2017 – The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is excited to announce the release of three reports covering the affordability, quality, and accessibility of post-secondary education in Ontario. In November 2015, OUSA conducted its biennial Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey and received over 10,000 responses to a series of questions asking students about their undergraduate experiences. The reports will be released over the course of three weeks at ousa.ca beginning this Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.