Students Submit Roadmap for Canadian Innovation



OTTAWA, October 11th, 2016 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has responded to the federal government’s call for an action plan to make Canada a global innovation leader. CASA strongly believes that students are the innovators of the future, and that investment in post-secondary education is key to ensuring a prosperous social and economic future for Canada.


“The students of today are our future scientists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and more,” said Michael McDonald, Executive Director of CASA. “It’s up to us as a nation to ensure that each and every student is given the chance to develop their skills and reach their full potential.”


CASA’s 2016 Innovation Agenda Submission addresses current issues in the post-secondary education sector, as stated by students, and puts forward practical, research-based solutions for the federal government’s consideration. Some of the key issues addressed include:   

  • Financial barriers faced by master’s and international students,
  • The scarcity of paid student internship opportunities,
  • The insufficient quality of digital infrastructure in rural and remote communities, and
  • The lack of intellectual property rights protecting students.


By eliminating these barriers to education, the government will create a more innovative and entrepreneurial citizenry and, consequently, become recognized as a global innovation leader. 



About CASA:  

Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 21 student associations representing 250,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality.


Contact Information:

Lindsay Boyd, Communications and Public Relations Officer
Phone: 613-236-3457 ext. 224