TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Students support the introduction of
legislation that will extend the Ontario Ombudsman purview over public
universities in the province.
"By giving the Ontario Ombudsman the ability to investigate complaints,
universities will be held to the same standards as other public
institutions," said Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "This is a simple and fair policy
change that ensures accountability within our public institutions."
In 2012-13, the Ontario Ombudsman received 55 complaints about
universities, but was unable to investigate them because universities
do not fall within the office's scope. Some of the areas of complaints
include concerns about the quality of student services, poor or
inappropriate complaint measures, problematic academic requirements and
College students can already go to the Ontario Ombudsman if they believe
their institution has treated them unfairly, and all students can seek
the assistance of the Ombudsman if they have complaints about the
Ontario Student Assistance Programs.
"Students deserve to be treated fairly at Ontario universities," said
Woods. "We hope that with this change student concerns with
universities can be given the attention they deserve."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
college, undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Alastair Woods, Chairperson: 647-378-8942 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org