The MSU’s budget submission to the City of Hamilton prioritizes transit, accessibility, and sustainability

October 11, 2019 at 09:00 am

Advocacy at municipal, provincial, and federal levels is a key component of the McMaster Students Union. At a municipal level, the MSU education team creates budget submissions to help ensure student needs are reflected in the City of Hamilton’s budget. This year, the priorities are transit, accessibility, sustainability, and the Environmental By-Law. 

Ryan Tse, AVP Municipal Affairs, highlights the importance of elevating student voices in municipal budget decisions.

“These budget decisions affect key everyday aspects of the lives of students, like accessibility and transit,” says Tse. “The MSU will advocate on behalf of all students to shape the 2020 City budget so that we can create a more integrated, equitable, and safer Hamilton both today and in the future.”

Recommendation highlights from the budget are as follows:

  • The City should allocate funding towards year-round service of the 51-University bus route, considering that undergraduate students form the largest demographic contributing to the HSR on an annual basis and many students live in Hamilton during the summer, when HSR service is severely lacking.
  • The City should fund a city-wide sidewalk snow removal service, as the current system fails to create safe and equitable winter conditions for everyone.
  • Considering the climate crisis which threatens both Hamilton and the world, the City should adopt bi-weekly waste collection to increase waste diversion rates, consequently extending the life of Hamilton landfills while cutting costs.
  • The addition of by-law officers to the McMaster area compromises the sense of community and safety for students living in the area, and takes an unfairly punitive approach. Therefore, the City should discontinue the use of Environmental By-Law officers and invest in pro-active bylaw education initiatives.

To view the the full budget submission, click here.

To download a copy, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Shemar Hackett
Vice President (Education)

(905) 525 9140 ext. 24017

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