Press release: Ontario students congratulate MPP Romano on becoming the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

June 20, 2019

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance welcomes Ross Romano, newly appointed Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Students look forward to working with Minister Romano, who also serves as MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. As a two-term MPP and Ontario law graduate, Minister Romano brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the role.

“OUSA welcomes Minister Romano to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,” said Catherine Dunne, President of OUSA and Vice-President of the University Students’ Council at Western University. “We know students have a range of priorities from increasing experiential learning opportunities to reducing gender-based violence on our campuses to the affordability of post-secondary education and access to OSAP. We are eager to share their concerns with Minister Romano.”

OUSA advocates for accessible, affordable, accountable, and high-quality post-secondary education in Ontario, representing the interests of 150,000 professional and undergraduate students. We have a long history of meeting with Members of Provincial Parliament and other sector stakeholders to bring educated solutions to complex challenges in post-secondary education. Building upon this tradition, we look forward to meeting with Minister Romano in the near future to discuss strategies for supporting post-secondary students in light of the changes to OSAP and the Student Choice Initiative.

OUSA also welcomes Michael Tibollo to the role of Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Students look forward to working with Associate Minister Tibollo to address student concerns about the accessibility of mental health supports.

OUSA would like to thank incoming Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton for her service as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities this past year. We wish her the best in her new role.


OUSA represents the interests of 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across 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.


Crystal Mak

Operations & Communications Director

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance


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