May 16, 2022
OUSA releases “Habitats: Students in their Municipalities 2022”
TORONTO - Today the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released its annual publication, Habitats: Students in their Municipalities. Each year, students from OUSA’s member institutions highlight the successes and challenges they face in their municipalities through a series of case studies on municipal-level topics and issues affecting undergraduate students across the province.
As we begin to shift out of the pandemic, the provincial government has the opportunity to systemically review what has and hasn't worked over the past few years and make tangible changes to ensure we are building the province back, better than what it was before. Students’ across the province have highlighted a few areas that need to be addressed and provided evidence-based recommendations to guide the path forward.
Articles in this year’s edition of Habitats explore the ongoing concerns surrounding students' safety off-campus in Hamilton, the barriers students face acquiring housing amidst Covid-19, the environmental benefits to public and sustainable means of transportation, the ubiquitous issue of food insecurity across the province, and the relationship between municipalities and students.
Habitats offers policymakers, politicians, students, and administrators access to student perspectives on the issues and topics that are relevant to them and their communities. It is our hope that sharing these perspectives with stakeholders will contribute to building meaningful and lasting partnerships between students and their municipal communities. The authors have demonstrated the importance of student voices in these conversations, and as we move forward during and after COVID-19, it is more necessary than ever that we listen.
About: 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.
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Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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