Advocacy Week 2016

Advocacy Week 2016 was an enormous success! We had 56 student leaders from across the country meet with 163 federal decision-makers to discuss issues in Canadian post-secondary. The recommendations brought to the Hill include:

  • Establishing a six-month interest-free period on the federal portion of student loans following graduation to better reflect the challenges of the current job market;
  • Extending the Canada Student Grants Program (CSGP) to master's and doctoral students;
  • Supporting students with mental health disabilities by covering the cost of a formal psychological assessment;
  • Exploring how Open-Educational Resources (OERs) can be used to increase accessibility of education in Canada through a pilot project;
  • Improving educational attainment levels of Indigenous Canadians by increasing funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP);
  • Working towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians by supporting reconciliation programming in post-secondary institutions across the country;
  • Increasing the number of paid employment opportunities for students, such as internships, apprenticeships, and co-ops;
  • Promoting workforce skills development by establishing a training incentive for the private sector; and
  • Funding the indirect costs of research to better encourage innovation.

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