The Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) (formerly known as ADVOCAN) is a formal collective of undergraduate student unions from some of Canada’s largest research-intensive universities.
Each year, the UCRU delegation meets with Members of Parliament and policy makers at Parliament Hill in Ottawa to discuss the advocacy priorities of the more than 240,000 post-secondary students we collectively represent.
Topics of discussion for the 2017 delegation to Ottawa include how to improve policies impacting Indigenous students, the Canada Student Loans Program, undergraduate research funding, and International Students’ paths to Permanent Resident Status.
VP (Education) Ryan and AVP Provincial & Federal Affairs Urszula were in Ottawa for UCRU Advocacy Week 2017 from November 5 - 10. We met with with MPs, Ministers, staff members, and other decision-makers throughout the week to progress our recommendations. To read the briefs we presented to stakeholders, check out the links below.
To advocate to the Federal Government of Canada for an affordable, inclusive, and high-calibre undergraduate university education with opportunities for research through a coalition of student associations from U15 universities.
We are a coalition of eight student associations from Canadian research-intensive universities:
Federation of Students (Feds
) – University of Waterloo
Western University’s Student Council (USC
) – Western University
McMaster Student Union (MSU) – McMaster University
The Alma Mater Society (AMS
) – Queen’s University
University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU
) – University of Toronto
The Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver (AMS-UBC
) – University of British Columbia
University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU
) – University of Saskatchewan
University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU
) – University of Manitoba