Provincial & Federal Affairs
Our Role in Advocacy
The MSU, specifically the Education Department, works on advocacy issues at both the Provincial and Federal levels. We are a part of two lobbying organizations, OUSA and ADVOCAN, and work with them to lobby to the government to make post-secondary education more affordable and accessible for all students. Some of the issues that we have worked on and will be working on are tuition, access strategies, open-textbooks, and work integrated learning.
Advocacy at the Provincial level incorporates the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, our formal lobbying organization OUSA, and collaboration with other post-secondary institutions in Ontario.
For more information, please visit our Provincial Advocacy subpage, our OUSA subpage, the OUSA website, or the Ministry website. You are welcome to contact the VP Education or the AVP Provincial & Federal Affairs.
In the past, the MSU has been a member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). At SRA meeting 14Q, it was motioned that we leave CASA and explore other options for federal advocacy and it passed. Unlike at the provincial level, we do not formally belong to a federal lobbying organization. We do, however, belong to UCRU, which is a federal lobbying organization composed of the student unions from the to 15 research-intensive universities in Canada (U15).
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