June 29, 2018
TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance welcomes newly appointed Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Merrilee Fullerton to the role.
Students look forward to working with Minister Fullerton who is also serving as MPP for Kanata-Carleton. Minister Fullerton will bring a depth of knowledge of our membership as a graduate of medical school in Ontario and practiced in the healthcare sector. Students hope the Minister will serve as an advocate and supporter when working with Premier Ford and the rest of Cabinet.
OUSA is also pleased to see the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities remain a stand-alone Ministry. The issues important to students - from preparing graduates for the future workforce, to ensuring Ontario’s campuses are safe and healthy - will be well served by a dedicated team at MTCU, and collaboration with other Ministries.
“Students welcome Merrilee Fullerton taking the helm as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities,” said President of OUSA and Western University student Danny Chang. “She has shown her commitment to engaging with their communities and doing what is best for her constituents. We are looking forward to engaging with Minister Fullerton on issues affecting students, particularly those that intersect with her experience as a physician such as mental health, and are hoping to continue working together to equip tomorrow's leaders with the tools they need to thrive in Ontario.”
This Spring, OUSA engaged thousands of students in Ontario, encouraging them to Pledge to Vote in the June election and amassed attention from young people from all corners of the province. The campaign aimed to educated student about how, where, and when they could vote, especially while in their home riding away from campus. We look forward to working with the new government on some of the issues students identified as their reason for voting - experiential education, mental health, and open educational resources.
OUSA represents the interests of 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations a cross Ontario. Our vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable, and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario. To achieve this vision we’ve come together to develop solutions to challenges facing higher education, build broad consensus for our policy options, and lobby government to implement them.
Operations & Communications Director
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance