Students Propose Role for Federal Government in Supporting Campus Mental Health Efforts

OTTAWA, January 9, 2018 – Today, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) published a policy paper entitled, Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health and Canadian Post-Secondary Students. This paper delves into what mental health looks like currently on post-secondary campuses in Canada, and what steps the federal government can take to make improvements in the lives of those struggling.


Students Pleased to See Federal Industry Committee Pushing for Data Collection Around Intellectual Property, More Training for Students

OTTAWA, December 19, 2017 – In late November, the federal government’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) released a report reviewing intellectual property policies and practices, while also identifying ways to incentivize the creation of intellectual property. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is pleased to see the committee pushing for more data collection around intellectual property policies at post-secondary institutions.


Government Committee Recommends Addressing Student Mental Health and Textbook Costs

OTTAWA, December 11, 2017 – The government’s Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) released its annual report of recommendations for the upcoming federal budget, and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is pleased to see that these include measures to address important student issues. Notably, CASA is in support of the committee’s recommendations to address student mental health, textbook costs, and barriers to Indigenous education.

Students Travel to Ottawa to Broaden Access to Post-Secondary Education

OTTAWA, November 27, 2017 – Student leaders from universities, colleges, and polytechnics across the country have travelled to Ottawa this week to discuss concerns on their campuses with prominent figures in the federal government. The event, called Advocacy Week, is taking place from November 26 to December 1, and is being jointly hosted this year by both the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Quebec Student Union (QSU).


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.