Post-secondary education is a critical part of Canadian society, as it helps us form a highly educated workforce and socially engaged communities. Because of its importance, we must ensure that Canada’s post-secondary education system is accessible and affordable to all, while remaining innovative and of the highest quality.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) advocates for post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada to be accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality. A key aspect of these principles is ensuring that the Canadian post-secondary system properly supports students who wish to develop intellectual property (IP) during their studies.
Ensuring that all Canadians can become highly educated and trained is at the core of creating a stable, competitive and productive economic future. If adopted, our recommendations below would enhance existing federal programs and thereby improve student productivity throughout their studies, as well as in the workforce as contributors to the broader Canadian economy.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) believes that all post-secondary students in Canada should have access to an affordable, high quality and innovative education. Accessibility and affordability means eliminating barriers to participation in all aspects of a post-secondary education (PSE), including in research. CASA believes that all students should have opportunities to contribute to the varied and dynamic research that happens in Canada’s post-secondary institutions. Some of the best research in Canada is already driven by students across disciplines and at all levels of study. Fully realizing the immense potential of students as researchers and innovators will help make Canadian PSE of the highest quality.
A post-secondary education (PSE) has never been more important to one’s economic security and wellbeing. Given the significant “earnings premium” for PSE graduates and their high employment rates, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) believes PSE should play a role in any effort to improve the economic situation of women in Canada.
CASA advocates for a post-secondary system in Canada that is accessible, affordable, innovative and of the highest quality. A key aspect of these principles is ensuring that Canadian post-secondary students across programs and disciplines have the supports they need to translate their academic experiences into meaningful employment opportunities.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) believes that any academically qualified student with the desire to pursue post-secondary education should not face any barrier - financial, social, political, physical, cultural, or otherwise. CASA believes in post-secondary education that is affordable and accessible to all, as it is one of the most effective tools for increasing employment rates and lifetime earnings as well as reducing poverty.
Students play a critical role in the development of research in Canada. They are involved in every facet of discovery, supporting large research teams, initiating their own projects, and being one of the largest consumers of research. The Canadian government has long understood students’ importance in this area, and has fostered and supported their drive to discover through grant funding and infrastructure development.
Post-secondary education continues to be the great equalizer in Canada, providing knowledge, training and economic opportunity to all types of people across all fields of interest. Knowing this, government must continue to build on its commitments for equitable growth by making post-secondary education accessible, affordable, innovative, and high quality. Doing so will open doors for all Canadians to achieve their personal and professional goals and contribute to society in a meaningful way.