Students re-launch #TextbookBroke campaign across Ontario

September 10, 2018

TORONTO, ON - Starting today, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) re-launches the #TextbookBroke campaign. The campaign highlights the high cost of textbooks students are forced to pay in addition to paying for their tuition and other fees. In January, students shared their stories about the detrimental costs of textbooks on their wallets and mental health. Factors such as the cost and lack of flexibility of traditional learning materials, including textbooks, create different financial and learning barriers that can limit the courses some students can afford to take. An affordable post-secondary education is essential for students to succeed in all aspects of their undergraduate career.

Students Congratulate and Welcome Ontario's New Government

June 8, 2018

Toronto, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) congratulates the Progressive Conservative Party and Doug Ford on their election in Ontario. Students look forward to working with all elected and re-elected Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to address the many challenges currently facing post-secondary students in Ontario. OUSA looks forward to working with all MPPs in the ridings in which our member campuses reside. Additionally, OUSA would like to thank Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Party for their work to improve the lives of post-secondary students over the last several years.

The Ontario Undergraduate Steering Committee elects new Executive

May 18th, 2018

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s new Steering Committee met for the first time and is proud to announce the election of our 2018-2019 Executive Officers:

  • President Danny Chang, who also serves as Vice-President of the University Students' Council at Western University.
  • Vice-President Finance Shannon Kelly, who also serves as Vice-President, University Affairs at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union.
  • Vice-President Administration & Human Resources Julia Göllner, who also serves as Academic Affairs Commissioner at the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University.

Students respond to the NDP platform

April 18, 2018

Toronto, ON - Earlier this week, the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Ontario released their official platform and Ontario students, through the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), are pleased about the commitments laid out in the party’s platform announcement.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance releases policy paper: “Student Mobility and Credit Transfer"

March 29, 2018

Toronto, ON -  A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on simplifying the credit transfer process and supporting transfer students in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for improved system design, consistency, transparency, and predictability within Ontario’s transfer system.

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.