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 conference participants at the Lord Elgin Hotel. To book a room at this hotel, please call 1-800-267-4298 or email [email protected] and mention that you are with "CASA" to ensure you get our special group rate. The deadline to book a room with CASA's discount is February 7th, 2020.
These accommodations meet CASA's accessibility standards, however, 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 is February 2nd, 2020.
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 February 16th in time for check-in and registration. 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 that will be determined early on in the New Year. 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, and hors d'oeuvres at the reception on Parliament Hill. Delegates will be responsible for all other meals. There are many affordable food options in proximity to the Lord Elgin Hotel.
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.
Due to the fast-paced nature of the Parliamentary schedule, meetings may be subject to change on short notice.
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: student financial aid, work-integrated learning opportunities for International students, and truth and reconciliation.