CASA Statement on the recall of Saudi Arabian students in Canada

CASA is deeply concerned about the recent news that Saudi Arabian students studying in Canada have been asked to leave their institutions.  It has come to our attention that up to 8,000 students could be impacted by this recent decision.  Many of these students are entering their last years of study and will likely not be able to receive their accreditations from Canadian institutions due to these recent political events. International students are important to the Canadian landscape as they make a valuable contribution to our institutions by bringing diverse perspectives and innovative ideas to our classrooms.  Furthermore, international students make important economic contributions within universities and in the cities and towns they occupy.  In smaller areas this decision will make a tremendous economic impact.  We are disappointed that students have been caught in the cross fire of a diplomatic dispute that is beyond their control. CASA hopes that international students will be treated fairly by governments and post-secondary institutions in this process and that Canada maintains an open and welcoming environment for international students from around the world. 

CASA Establishes Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee to Make Sure All Student Voices Are Represented

OTTAWA, August 3, 2018 – Last week, at the Canadian Alliance of Student Association’s (CASA) second conference of the year, the organization’s student leaders chose to establish an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. The first of its kind, this student-led committee will work to ensure that CASA takes an intersectional approach to understanding student issues and that its policy development and advocacy efforts are reflective of diverse student experiences.


Poll Finds Nearly Half of Students in Canada Are Not Getting Paid Work Experience in Their Field

OTTAWA, July 4, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) released a poll today, revealing that while paid work placements related to a student’s field of study are seen as the best form of experience to help new graduates get a good job, nearly half of students still are not able to participate in them.

CASA Welcomes New Executive Director to Lead Student Advocacy

OTTAWA, June 4, 2018 – Today, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) welcomes a new Executive Director, Manjeet Birk. With prior experience working in and leading non-profit organizations and a passion for education, Manjeet brings incredibly valuable skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to CASA.


Student Groups Unite to Share Perspectives on Campus Sexual Violence

OTTAWA, May 8, 2018Students organizations across the country have released a joint publication on campus sexual violence, titled, Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Response.


CASA Welcomes Conestoga Students Inc. To Its Advocacy Alliance

OTTAWA, May 1, 2018 – Today, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is proud to welcome a new member to the organization: Conestoga Students Inc. This new member is a student association that represents students at Conestoga College’s southern Ontario campuses in Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, and Guelph.


Students Pleased to See Government Announce New Funding for Research, Student Employment and Campus Safety

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Quebec Student Union (QSU) are pleased to see Budget 2018 commit the government to significant long-term funding for early career researchers, student work opportunities and the development of a national approach to addressing sexual violence on campus. These investments, coupled with strong support for student access in previous budgets, demonstrate a clear and active commitment to improving the quality of, and access to, post-secondary education in Canada.


Students Want to Make Sure No One is Left Without the Chance to Gain a Post-Secondary Education

OTTAWA, February 13, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) published a new policy paper today, entitled Access for All: Making Student Aid Work for Everyone. This paper looks at the student financial aid system in Canada and recommends changes to ensure that no student should ever be prevented from obtaining a post-secondary education due to tight finances.


Students Applaud New Grant Funding for Adults Looking to Return to School

OTTAWA, January 25, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) applauds the federal government’s announcement yesterday of a new $1,600-per-year Canada Student Grant and new flexibilities to Employment Insurance. CASA believes these measures will help to ease the financial burden on adults looking to return to school later in life.


Students Want to See Loan Repayment Assistance Extended to New Parents

OTTAWA, January 24, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is calling on the federal government to extend student loan protection under the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) to those on parental leave. By giving new parents a temporary break from student loan payments, CASA believes financial stresses on new parents will be eased, allowing them to focus on caring for their child in the important first stages of life.