Mission and Principles

Who We Are

CASA is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. Established in 1995, CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. We represent undergraduate, graduate and polytechnic associations.

At its core, CASA advocates on behalf of post-secondary students to the federal government. When Canada’s leaders make decisions affecting our post-secondary education system, they turn to CASA for solutions. 


Mission, Vision, Values


Through its member-driven structure and grassroots approach, CASA’s mission is to advocate for students using policy development and research, awareness campaigns, government relations, and partnerships with other stakeholders.


Canada will achieve an accessible, affordable and high-quality post-secondary education system whose students enjoy an excellent quality of life.


  • CASA will focus exclusively on post-secondary and student related issues;
  • CASA will remain a strictly non-partisan organization;
  • CASA will be member-driven, with opportunities for all members to contribute to and be heard by the organization;
  • CASA will have a membership structure that will remain easy to join and easy to leave. 


Policy Principles

Successful lobbying and advocacy starts with research and policy development. CASA researches the issues facing students and develops creative, pragmatic solutions. All policies are developed and reviewed by CASA’s members, ensuring government hears the true voice of students. CASA has four main policy principles:


CASA believes that any academically qualified student with the desire to pursue post-secondary education should not face a barrier – financial, social, political, physical, cultural, or otherwise.


 CASA believes that students should not accumulate an unreasonable or insupportable amount of debt in the pursuit of a post-secondary education or in continuing such an education.


CASA believes in a post-secondary education system that has sustainable research programs across all disciplines, with the benefits of such research shared across all levels of the student body.


CASA believes in a quality public post-secondary education system that is properly funded, effective and accountable; and co-operatively maintained and enhanced by the federal and provincial governments.


Our Structure

CASA is a member-driven organization. Our grassroots approach empowers student leaders as the decision makers who set our priorities and steer our actions. As such, member associations elect delegates, who represent over 250,000 students across Canada, to take part in General Assemblies of CASA.

The General Assembly of CASA elects a Board of Directors that oversees the Executive Director, who in turn manages the Home Office staff. Delegates also elect the chairs of CASA’s standing committees, which are composed solely of voting student members.

The Board and staff implement the priorities of the elected delegates in line with the mission, vision, and values of CASA.

Organizational chart of CASA's structure