Who can attend?
Students representing a student association at a Canadian university, college, or polytechnic school are invited to attend.
I don’t live in Ottawa, where can I stay?
CASA has arranged for a room block at a discounted rate for our participants at the Capital Hill Hotel & Suites. To book a room at this hotel, please either phone 1-800-463-7705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you are with "CASA" to ensure you get our special group rate. You may also book directly online at www.capitalhill.com, by clicking "Reservations" and inputting the following codes: Group Code # 830181 / Pin # CASA (note: pin # is case sensitive). The deadline to book a room with CASA's discount is November 1, 2018.
If these accommodation options do not suit you, you may arrange your own accommodation in Ottawa. However, be aware that in doing so you will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from the conference space.
When is the registration deadline?
The deadline to register for Advocacy Week 2018 is November 1st.
How do I get there?
Depending on where you live, you may want to drive, fly, or take the train to Ottawa. Regardless of transportation method, please arrive on November 25th in time for check-in and the first training session. You are responsible for arranging and covering the cost of travel.
What does it cost?
CASA members are each permitted to send two delegates completely free of charge. QSU members should contact a representative of the QSU for information on the spaces available. Non-members of CASA and QSU (also called observers) are required to pay a fee of $750 CAD per person. Everyone must budget appropriately to cover the cost of travel, as well as food and accommodation throughout the duration of the event.
Will food be provided?
CASA will provide coffee and tea each morning, breakfast on Tuesday morning, and hors d'oeuvres at the reception on Parliament Hill Tuesday night. Delegates will be responsible for all other meals. There are many affordable food options in proximity to the Capital Hill Hotel & Suites.
How many meetings will I get?
We aim to provide between 5-7 meetings each.
Do I get a say in who I meet with?
Due to the complicated process of scheduling meetings, you will not have a direct say in which parliamentarians you meet with. We consider many factors, including language abilities, home and school riding, advocacy experience level, and more, to ensure the best experience for everyone. You will have a chance to disclose this information when you register.
Upon arrival in Ottawa, we will provide you with your personal meeting schedule. Please note that you are not permitted to switch meetings with other delegates, as each person has been placed in specific meetings for the above-mentioned reasons.
What subjects are we going to advocate on?
The subjects that we will be bringing to Parliament Hill this year will reflect the following theme areas: skills and employment, international students, sexual violence prevention, financial aid and research for graduate students.
Is there an official hashtag for the event?
Yes! Please tag all your snaps, instas, tweets and whatever else with #StudentsTakeTheHill or #ÉtudiantsSurLaColline in French.