TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - As the writ drop of the 2011 Ontario
General Election approaches, more than 600,000 college and university
students across Ontario are also preparing for the 2011-12 school year.
To help students stay informed and encourage them to vote on October 6th, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the College
Student Alliance (CSA) have collaborated to launch the province-wide
It's Your Vote campaign.
"Voter turnout in the last Ontario election was an all-time low. College
and university student associations are working together to increase
student participation in this election and remind the parties and all
Ontarians that post-secondary education must be a priority for the
Province," said Sean Madden, President of OUSA.
The campaign website itsyourvote.ca was launched today. The website will have videos, blogs and information
updated throughout the campaign to help students find out how and why
they should vote. It also includes a joint platform entitled "Our Vote,
Our Future" which contains students' electoral priorities for
"Post-secondary education has and will continue to drive Ontario's
economic recovery. We know that 70% of all new jobs will also require
post-secondary education, and continued investment is necessary," added
Brian Costantini, President of CSA. "Students will be looking for
commitments from all parties to enhance the affordability,
accessibility, quality and mobility of the post-secondary system."
College and university students look forward to seeing all political
candidates on their campuses this September, and hearing more about
each party's plan for investing in Ontario's post-secondary education
The College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance represent over 280,000 college and university students at 34
student associations in communities across Ontario.
SOURCE College Student Alliance
For further information:
For further information or to arrange an interview:
Director of Advocacy, College Student Alliance
Director of Communications, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance