Municipal pre-budget submission receives support from Hamilton City Councillors

February 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

The McMaster Students Union has written its second annual municipal pre-budget submission, highlighting student centred recommendations to be included in the City's 2019 budget. After reviewing existing policies and current survey data, the MSU believes the recommendations reflect the issues students currently face living in Hamilton.

"I’m confident that through this budget cycle, City Council can make strategic investments into the recommendations and consequently increase the quality of living in Hamilton for students,” says Shemar Hackett, Associate Vice-President Municipal Affairs.

The MSU’s priorities in this year’s budget are as follows: Transit, Bylaws and Enforcement, Lighting, Student Employment, and Student Housing.

On February 11, Hackett delegated to Hamilton City Council on the MSU’s priorities. Since then, the recommendations of the MSU have received support from from City Council. Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson expressed his support of a landlord licensing pilot, Ward 1 councillor Maureen Wilson agreed to collaborate on a lighting audit, and Ward 3 councillor Nrinder Nann spoke to the importance of improved transit and the connection to retaining students post-graduation.

Since January, the municipal affairs committee has been meeting with City Councillors, staff, and local organizations to discuss the implementation of the MSU’s recommendations. The committee will continue to meet with stakeholders over the next few weeks and always welcomes new students who are interested in joining their efforts to lobby city councillors.

Read the MSU's municipal pre-budget submission here:

For more information, please contact:

Shemar Hackett
Associate Vice-President (Municipal Affairs)
905-525-9140 ext. 27240

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