This Years Top 5
Each year, we poll our membership to establish the top advocacy priorities of students today. While we will continue to advocate on previous priorities, and current events, and other issues, having our top yearly priorities clearly established will help us channel our efforts to the right areas.
As many of us know the housing market is not a great place for students right now. Most cities where our institutions are located in have less than a 2% vacancy rate. And when students are lucky enough to find housing the prices are unaffordable.
International Student Issues
International students face a variety of issues that their domestic counterparts do not. Some of these things have to do with tuition prices, the lack of regulations around agents, and the lack of knowledge they have when getting here due to fake promises.
OSAP & Student Debt
While OSAP is undeniably a foundational resource that enables many students to attend post secondary that otherwise wouldn't be able to, it doesn't mean it isn't without it's faults.
We hope to challenge barriers and shortfalls that exist in the current system - to make OSAP more accessible, and the aftermath of loans less expensive.
It's what you see everywhere - "Mental Health is important". But how do you tackle not only the treatment of poor mental health, but prevent and eliminate mechanisms that degrade it to begin with?
Post-secondary is a unique time in life filled with countless challenges that can bring about a decline in well being, and we hope to challenge and eliminate those processes, while also pushing for adequate supports to treat existing poor mental health.
With the cost of tuition, transportation, housing, among other costs of living, students often face financial, and by extension, food insecurity.
A focus this year is to explore and evaluate ways we can tackle food insecurity without unduly burdening students, perpetuating stigmas, or creating barriers.