New OSAP “information module” does nothing to address financial barriers to post-secondary education | CFS Ontario

New OSAP “information module” does nothing to address financial barriers to post-secondary education | CFS Ontario

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) applications for the 2020-2021 academic year opened on May 20. The application now requires students to complete a mandatory “information module” that purports to highlight financial literacy. Students are disappointed in this addition to the OSAP application process, which is both patronizing and does not address the true financial barriers to post-secondary education.
Graduate students supports needed during COVID-19 crisis

Graduate students supports needed during COVID-19 crisis

Addressed to Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Canada’s Research Funding Councils, and University senior administrators: The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to graduate students across the country. We recognize the steps taken by both the federal and provincial governments, and post-secondary institutions, to protect not just graduate students, but all students, faculty, and staff. These measures include the six-month suspension of student loan repayment and the expansion of the Canada Summer Jobs program. These measures are important steps towards redressing the financial burden on students. However, we would like to emphasize that graduate students are facing additional challenges that have not been addressed. We, the undersigned, want to draw your attention to these unique issues that graduate students are facing as the result of the ongoing crisis, and ask that Federal Government, Provincial Governments, Canada’s Research Funding Councils, and University senior administrators take immediate actions to address these issues.
Ontario universities must respect the autonomy of students’ unions

Ontario universities must respect the autonomy of students’ unions

Students’ unions, founded by and for students, are fully autonomous organizations governed by democratically elected boards and executives. They are membership-driven organizations funded by their members through dues. University administrations do not have the authority and cannot justify violating the legal autonomy of students’ unions or any other campus unions.
Ontario faculty, staff, and students oppose Ford government’s “performance” funding for postsecondary institutions

Ontario faculty, staff, and students oppose Ford government’s “performance” funding for postsecondary institutions

Announced in the Ontario Budget, the Ford government’s reckless new market-based approach to funding postsecondary education will fundamentally compromise the integrity of Ontario’s higher education system. This alarming shift in education funding will create greater inequity, hurt students, and threaten the quality of education in our province.

OCUFA estimates Ford’s “performance” funding could cut university budgets by over $500 million dollars

Ontario faculty are warning that the Ford government’s so called “performance” funding model for postsecondary education is reckless, ineffective, and dangerous. The new funding model will link 60 per cent of government funding for universities ($2.2 billion dollars) to an arbitrary set of metrics chosen with no consultation. These metrics will not actually measure “performance” but are likely to be used as an excuse to cut university budgets. Across Ontario, OCUFA estimates that this new funding model could mean cuts of over $500 million dollars that will substantially undermine our postsecondary institutions’ academic missions and mandates.
Ford's attack on public sector workers' compensation includes university and college workers

Ford's attack on public sector workers' compensation includes university and college workers

The Ford government has introduced legislation to cap increases in total compensation at an average (benefits and wages) of 1% per year for all public sector employees, including university and college workers. The legislation will affect all collective agreements on expiry and last three years. Current bargaining will continue, and while the bill has not passed, it may apply retroactively to deals reached since June 5, 2019.
Canadian Federation of Students and York Federation of Students file legal challenge against Ontario Government’s Student Choice Initiative

Canadian Federation of Students and York Federation of Students file legal challenge against Ontario Government’s Student Choice Initiative

The Canadian Federation of Students and the York Federation of Students have jointly filed a legal challenge against the Government of Ontario’s Student Choice Initiative, on the basis that the government lacked the authority to implement such a policy and acted with improper purpose. “This policy is a direct attack on students’ ability to organize and provide essential services on campus,” said Sofia Descalzi, incoming chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “It is a clear attempt to silence students’ unions and student organizations who have a long history of holding administrations and governments accountable when it comes to creating accessible, affordable and safer campuses.”
June 7 & 8 Days of Action: Resist Ford Cuts

June 7 & 8 Days of Action: Resist Ford Cuts

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June 7 marks one year of resisting government cuts to public services, education, health care and decent work. We will be hitting the streets across Ontario to show that we didn't vote for that. Join an action in a community near you! Actions are being organized right now for EITHER June 7 or June 8. RSVP here and we will send you details of the actions in your area for you to take part.
Statement on government-mandated free speech policies

Statement on government-mandated free speech policies

Ontario’s universities and colleges are vital spaces where a culture of rich academic debate and free expression should be fostered. Core to the mandate of our postsecondary institutions is the advancement of knowledge, and that requires our campuses to be places where all community members have the right to speak their minds and respectfully challenge each other intellectually. Faculty associations, labour unions, and student unions deeply believe in these rights, and will continue our collective work to uphold them.