OUSA responds to continued instances of anti-Black police brutality in Canada and the US
June 1, 2020
TORONTO, ON - Over the past week, we have witnessed Black men, Black women, and Black trans folks be killed by police brutality. Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet — these are just four names in a list of hundreds of Black people who have been victims of police violence in recent years. As an organization that represents around 150,000 undergraduate students in Ontario, we have a duty to speak out on these injustices and address acts of anti-Black racism happening across the world, including in Ontario and on our campuses.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) stands with the Black community and emphasizes our stance that Black Lives Matter.
OUSA releases policy paper titled "Gender-Based Sexual Violence Prevention & Response"
May 19th, 2020
TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release our policy to support the eradication of gender-based violence at post-secondary institutions across the province. The paper was written, approved, and published by students to provide the provincial government with recommendations that are theory-driven and grounded in evidence to create safer and more accountable campuses with the necessary resources to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
OUSA releases policy paper titled "International Students & International Education"
May 11th, 2020
TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release our policy paper on International Students & International Education, which was approved at our virtual Spring General Assembly in April. Written and ratified by students, this paper provides recommendations intended to increase the quality of exchange programs and improve the experiences of international students studying at post-secondary institutions in Ontario.
OUSA releases policy paper titled "Rural & Northern Students
May 4th, 2020
TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release our policy on improving post-secondary education for rural and northern students. The paper was written, approved, and published by students to elevate student concerns and provide recommendations to improve the experiences of rural and northern post-secondary students.
OUSA Applauds Federal Government Announcement Supporting Students Affected by COVID-19
April 22, 2020
Toronto, ON: This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $9 billion student support package in response to calls from students experiencing financial insecurity as a result of COVID-19.
OUSA responds to Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan
March 25, 2020
Toronto, ON - Today, the Honorable Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, presented Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan and an Economic and Fiscal Update. The update includes important investments to support those most impacted by COVID-19 and addresses some of the financial challenges faced by post-secondary students and graduates navigating the current landscape in Ontario.
OUSA commends Government of Canada for introducing a six-month interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans
March 18, 2020
Toronto, ON - Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a six-month interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans as part of the country’s economic stimulus package in light of COVID-19. This announcement comes after the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released a letter calling on the federal government to implement this necessary measure. OUSA commends the federal government for taking quick action to address the challenges Canadian post-secondary graduates will face in making Canada Student Loan repayments as a result of the income barriers that COVID-19 presents.
OUSA Letter to federal government calling for emergency grace period for Canada Student Loan payments
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The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce, Development and Disability
House of Commons
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
House of Commons
Dear Minister Qualtrough & Minister Hussen,
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), alongside the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) and the College Student Alliance (CSA), is writing in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the ability of Canadians to make Canada Student Loan (CSL) and interest payments.
OUSA Letter to Minister Romano calling for emergency grace period for OSAP payments
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The Honourable Ross Romano
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
5th Floor, 438 University Ave
Toronto, ON M7A 2A5
Dear Minister Romano,
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the College Student Alliance (CSA) are writing in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the ability of Ontarians to make OSAP loan and interest payments.
OUSA suspends Spring 2020 General Assembly in light of COVID-19
March 13, 2020
Toronto, ON - Yesterday, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) suspended the biannual meeting of its General Assembly, which was scheduled to take place this weekend at Western University. This decision was made in accordance with the statement put out by Western University yesterday afternoon, which advised that all discretionary events on campus with more than 50 people currently scheduled until April 30, 2020 be cancelled, postponed, or offered virtually. Western’s decision was made in consultation with Middlesex-London Health Unit and is motivated by efforts to ensure the health and safety of visitors to the campus and local community.