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The Federation of Students works with all levels of government to ensure students' wants and needs are shared. The Feds VP Education meets with politicians regularly to advocate for undergraduates at the University of Waterloo.
In Canada, education at all levels is viewed as a shared responsibility for all levels of government. Constitutionally, however, a great deal of power and duty is placed on the shoulders of the provinces. In turn, the Ontario government deals with issues such as teaching quality, student success, university finances, and student financial assistance.
The Federation of Students is a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance External Link (OUSA), which includes eight other student associations from across the province.
The Feds VP Education works with OUSA to learn what issues are affecting students' access to a quality education such as tuition fees, ancillary fees, and more. OUSA conducts research to determine what the issues are, and organizes campaigns to advocate for its members. The findings are shared with government officials and organizations within Ontario.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
In order to best represent the interests of students at the University of Waterloo, your Federation of Students teams up with other student associations across Ontario to present a pragmatic and solution-oriented voice of students to the government of Ontario. This partnership is the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). OUSA represents the interests of over 145,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at seven institutions across Ontario.
OUSA's shared vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario. To achieve this vision we've come together to develop solutions to challenges facing higher education, build broad consensus for our policy options, and lobby government to implement them.
About The Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities
The Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) (formerly known as ADVOCAN) is a formal collective of undergraduate student unions from some of Canada's largest research-intensive universities.
Each year, the UCRU delegation meets with Members of Parliament and policy makers at Parliament Hill in Ottawa to discuss the advocacy priorities of the 235,000-plus post-secondary students we collectively represent.
Topics of discussion for the 2017 delegation to Ottawa include how to improve policies impacting Indigenous students, the Canadian Student Loans Program, undergraduate research funding, and International Students' paths to Permanent Resident Status.
To advocate to the Federal Government of Canada for an affordable, inclusive, and high-calibre undergraduate university education with opportunities for research through a coalition of student associations from U15 universities.
We are a coalition of eight student associations from Canadian research-intensive universities:
- Federation of Students (Feds) – University of Waterloo
Western University’s Student Council (USC) – Western University
McMaster Student Union (MSU) – McMaster University
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) – Queen’s University
University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) – University of Toronto
The Alma Mater Society of UBC Vancouver (AMS-UBC) – University of British Columbia
University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) – University of Saskatchewan
University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU) – University of Manitoba
For more information about UCRU or our advocacy delegations to Ottawa, please contact UCRU Chair Antonio Brieva.