Policy & Advocacy
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.
Canada’s New Electoral Powerhouse?
Would you believe me if I told you that young Canadians likely had a major impact on the outcome of the 2015 Canadian general election?
Probably not. That’s because we have continually heard over and over that young people are politically disengaged. Few pay attention to politics. Few vote. And there is plenty of evidence that supports these claims. Elections Canada estimates that during the 2011 federal election, only 39% of Canadians aged 18 to 24 showed up at the polls. In 2008, it was 37%, down from 44% two years earlier.
But the 2015 Canadian election may have been the start of a political awakening of a new electoral powerhouse in Canada.
Early indications suggest that turnout increased upwards of 12 percentage points among the youngest cohort of potential voters, and young voters coalesced around one political party and leader unlike in the past decade. So much so that one could credit young voters with giving the Liberal Party its majority government.
This study, commissioned by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), reports on a range of data sources, including a recent survey of 1,000 Canadians aged 18 to 25 years old. In it, the report explores the recent history of youth engagement in Canadian politics, and reveals findings that indicate that young Canadians voted in greater numbers than in the past, with important consequences.