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.
CASA Supporting Petition e-572 to Help International Students Obtain Permanent Residency Status Post-Graduation
Petition to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- The Government of Canada previously had an immigration selection system for international PhD students; and
- The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has stated that taking away the 50 percent credit for international students was inadvisable “because if there is any group in this country who would be good Canadians — they’re educated, they know about this country, they speak English or French — it’s them.”
Students are the innovators of the future, and to succeed they need access to modern, high-quality programs at Canadian educational institutions. Universities and colleges are built to educate students, develop global citizens, support research, and foster a sense creativity that will benefit Canadian society both socially and economically.
Supporting Progressive Economic Growth Through Investments in Post-Secondary Education - 2017 Federal Budget Priorities
In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada took significant steps to create economic growth that was inclusive of all Canadians. University and college students applauded steps to make education more accessible and affordable, to foster skills development and to promote primary research. For 2017, Canada’s students are calling on the government to continue to invest in a way that is reflective of the Canadian ideal of equity.