The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations envisions a post-secondary system where all students, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, have access to a safe and inclusive learning environment. For such an environment to exist, students must be free from all acts of violence, including sexual violence. Unfortunately, for many students, this is far from the current reality. Too many students have been impacted or know someone impacted by sexual violence on Canadian campuses.
CASA envisions a post-secondary system where all students have the opportunity to pursue meaningful career-relevant experience while studying, and are able to draw on the considerable knowledge and expertise they develop in their studies as they embark on their careers. CASA envisions a country where all youth, students, and recent graduates who want to work have opportunities to do so, where they can make the most of their skills and abilities, and where they earn a living that allows them to live comfortably while contributing to the broader economy and society.
Budget 2018's significance for post-secondary students in Canada explained in an infographic.
As the review of the Copyright Act approaches, CASA strongly believes that fair dealing has proven crucial to reducing barriers, improving access and enhancing innovation and quality in Canadian post-secondary education. The exceptions granted by fair dealing have permitted educators and students to access and circulate information and content more easily, using the newest technologies available. The ability to fairly use and distribute content for educational purposes is a vital component of a modern and innovative education.
Significant investments are made in PSE at the provincial and federal level in Canada every year. At the federal level, the government spent over $12 billion on PSE in 2013-14. Annual federal investments in PSE are primarily made through the Canada Social Transfer, research support, various tax programs and the federal student financial aid system. CASA advocates on diverse issues related to improving student financial aid because it is an important mechanism for increasing access to PSE for all Canadians.
On January 9, 2018, 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.
Post-secondary education is a critical part of Canadian society, as it helps us form a highly educated workforce and socially engaged communities. Because of its importance, we must ensure that Canada’s post-secondary education system is accessible and affordable to all, while remaining innovative and of the highest quality.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) advocates for post-secondary education (PSE) in Canada to be accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality. A key aspect of these principles is ensuring that the Canadian post-secondary system properly supports students who wish to develop intellectual property (IP) during their studies.
Ensuring that all Canadians can become highly educated and trained is at the core of creating a stable, competitive and productive economic future. If adopted, our recommendations below would enhance existing federal programs and thereby improve student productivity throughout their studies, as well as in the workforce as contributors to the broader Canadian economy.