Provincial Lobbying Organization

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of over 140,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario, including McMaster. OUSA is run by a Steering Committee made up of elected student representatives from each of our member associations - including the MSU's own VP Education. Day-to-day activities are carried out by four full-time office staff.

OUSA’s approach to advocacy is based on creating substantive, student driven, and evidence-based policy recommendations. Our professional government relations practices ensure that we have the access to decision-makers we need in order for our members’ voices to influence provincial legislation and policy.
OUSA is non-partisan and our policies are written and ratified by students. Read more about its organizational history here.
The MSU does the majority of its provincial lobbying through OUSA. You can get involved with OUSA by attending one of the General Assemblies as a McMaster delegate. Each term, OUSA hosts a general assembly where delegates from all member schools debate and pass policy. These policies then become the official stances of OUSA and guide its advocacy efforts for the next three years. Check this page during October and February for application information!

OUSA Advocacy Week 2017

From November 26 - 30, the VP (Education) and President were in Toronto to advocate to the provincial government. We met with with MPPs, Ministers, staff members, and other decision-makers throughout the week to progress our recommendations. To read the briefs we presented to stakeholders, check out this link .



OUSA's vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario.


  • Conduct research to identify issues affecting the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of undergraduate education in Ontario
  • Develop credible and constructive policy to address these challenges
  • Lobby the government to affect their undergraduate education policy
  • Organize campaigns to effectively articulate the needs and interests of our members
  • Communicate research and policy to both educate and affect the opinions of stakeholders, Ontarians and government
  • Build partnerships in the post-secondary education realm to accomplish our vision.

Check out OUSA's website here.


For more information on OUSA or Provincial Affairs, please contact the VP Education or the AVP Provincial & Federal Affairs.