Students Concerned with Heritage Minister’s Strategy for Upcoming Review of the Copyright Act

OTTAWA, September 29, 2017 – In response to Minister Joly’s strategy to focus on creators in the upcoming review of the Copyright Act, students would like to highlight the importance of user’s rights and access to information, particularly in post-secondary education (PSE). Students believe that the existing Copyright Act’s exceptions for education, also known as fair dealing, have proven crucial to reducing barriers, improving access and enhancing innovation and quality in Canadian post-secondary education.


CASA Welcomes New Member, Capilano Students’ Union

OTTAWA, September 1, 2017 – During CASA’s 2017 Policy and Strategy Conference, its members unanimously voted to accept Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) as a new member of the advocacy organization. The CSU’s membership becomes effective starting today.

Students Excited to See More Work Placements Coming for Those in STEM and Business

OTTAWA, August 28, 2017 – Earlier today, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) released its plan to provide eligible employers with wage subsidies to support work-integrated learning opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and business. Students are extremely pleased to see the federal government take an active role in promoting work-integrated learning and see the announcement as a valuable first step towards ensuring that all students have these opportunities in the future. 

Students Deeply Concerned With Federal Court Ruling Against York University

OTTAWA, July 18, 2017 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is deeply concerned with the Federal Court’s recent ruling against York University, as it has the potential to limit students’ access to a quality post-secondary education.


Youth Employment Panel Encourages More Flexible Student Work Opportunities, an End to Uncompensated Internships

OTTAWA, June 8, 2017 – The Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment released a report last Friday, with many of its recommendations aligning with those of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). The report, entitled 13 Ways to modernize youth employment in Canada, includes recommendations to offer more varied youth work placements, to collect better data on youth employment, and to eliminate a large number of unpaid internships.


Students’ Concerns Over High Cost of Post-Secondary Echoed in Government Study on Poverty Reduction

OTTAWA, June 2, 2017 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is pleased to see the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities publish a study which underlines that affordable post-secondary education and school-to-work strategies are key to reducing poverty in Canada. The study, Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction, was written following a consultation process in which CASA participated this past March.


CASA and the Quebec Student Union Strike Partnership, Commit to Working Together on Common Post-Secondary Student Issues

OTTAWA, May 10, 2017 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Quebec Student Union (QSU) are proud to announce a new partnership that will bring a truly national student voice to Ottawa for the first time in 40 years. This partnership will strengthen federal advocacy efforts for both organizations and, most importantly, for the post-secondary students across the country.


Science Panel Steers Canada’s Research Efforts in the Right Direction

OTTAWA, April 10, 2017 – The plan released today by the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science aims to steer Canada towards greater leadership in global research and innovation. Students are pleased to see that the panel has adopted many of their own recommendations, including simplifying the application process for research funding, improving the balance of funding across research disciplines and better supporting the indirect costs of research.


Students Commend Government for Strong Measures Supporting Indigenous and Mature Learners in Budget 2017



OTTAWA, March 22, 2017 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) commends the government’s continued support for making post-secondary education accessible to all Canadians. Budget 2017 introduces significant new funding for mature students, students with dependents and Indigenous learners. These targeted investments promise to help more Canadians take advantage of the lifelong benefits of a post-secondary education.


Government Committee Releases Report to End Violence Against Women



OTTAWA, March 21, 2017 – Yesterday, the federal government’s Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO) released a report entitled Taking Action to End Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada which includes recommendations for reducing violence against women on post-secondary campuses and in Canada as a whole. Having presented to FEWO this past October, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) applauds the committee for taking strong leadership on this important issue and for highlighting the need to do more to make Canadian campuses safe.