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.  


Students Propose Role for Federal Government in Supporting Campus Mental Health Efforts

OTTAWA, January 9, 2018 – Today, 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.


Students Pleased to See Federal Industry Committee Pushing for Data Collection Around Intellectual Property, More Training for Students

OTTAWA, December 19, 2017 – In late November, the federal government’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) released a report reviewing intellectual property policies and practices, while also identifying ways to incentivize the creation of intellectual property. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is pleased to see the committee pushing for more data collection around intellectual property policies at post-secondary institutions.


Government Committee Recommends Addressing Student Mental Health and Textbook Costs

OTTAWA, December 11, 2017 – The government’s Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) released its annual report of recommendations for the upcoming federal budget, and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is pleased to see that these include measures to address important student issues. Notably, CASA is in support of the committee’s recommendations to address student mental health, textbook costs, and barriers to Indigenous education.

Students Travel to Ottawa to Broaden Access to Post-Secondary Education

OTTAWA, November 27, 2017 – Student leaders from universities, colleges, and polytechnics across the country have travelled to Ottawa this week to discuss concerns on their campuses with prominent figures in the federal government. The event, called Advocacy Week, is taking place from November 26 to December 1, and is being jointly hosted this year by both the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Quebec Student Union (QSU).


Students Concerned with Heritage Minister’s Strategy for Upcoming Review of the Copyright Act

OTTAWA, September 29, 2017 – In response to Minister Joly’s strategy to focus on creators in the upcoming review of the Copyright Act, students would like to highlight the importance of user’s rights and access to information, particularly in post-secondary education (PSE). Students believe that the existing Copyright Act’s exceptions for education, also known as fair dealing, have proven crucial to reducing barriers, improving access and enhancing innovation and quality in Canadian post-secondary education.


CASA Welcomes New Member, Capilano Students’ Union

OTTAWA, September 1, 2017 – During CASA’s 2017 Policy and Strategy Conference, its members unanimously voted to accept Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) as a new member of the advocacy organization. The CSU’s membership becomes effective starting today.