OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is
pleased with the education commitments in the Conservative campaign
platform, but continues to call for a national strategy on
post-secondary education. The Conservative platform, launched today,
included a reiteration of commitments to double the work exemption in
the Canada Student Loan program and to expand access to part-time
students. There was also a commitment to reintroduce amendments to the Copyright Act.
"Students have long been advocating for increases to work income
exemptions in their loan eligibility, and we are happy to see it become
party policy," said Zach Dayler, the National Director of CASA.
"Doubling this exemption will make it easier for students to afford and
to access post-secondary education."
The expansion of the work exemption means that students will be able to
work more hours at part-time jobs before they see monies clawed back
from their existing student loans. Under proposed policy, part-time
students would also see greater eligibility for federal student loans.
"These are steps in the right direction," said Dayler. "We are happy
that post-secondary education is receiving the attention that it is
this campaign, but parties still need to up their game. We are calling
on all political parties to commit to a national strategy on
post-secondary education, including a dedicated transfer to the
provinces for education. We also need to see more done to address
access to education, making sure that all Canadians are able to benefit
from our world-class universities and colleges."
CASA recently launched a national campaign designed to encourage
students to take a greater role in the political process. The campaign,
centered at www.studentsneedtovote.ca features key information about parties' post-secondary education
policy, important voter information for students, and is a
one-stop-shop for all of the party platforms. It also features a video
vault, and throughout the campaign students and others will be asked to
contribute their own videos on the importance of student and youth
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 26 student
associations, representing over 320,000 students from coast to coast.
SOURCE CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS
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