Ontario's college and university students unite to increase participation in provincial election

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.

"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 sector.

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

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For further information or to arrange an interview:

Jim Robeson
Director of Advocacy, College Student Alliance
telephone: 416.340.1212
e-mail: advocacy@collegestudentalliance.ca

Alvin Tedjo
Director of Communications, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
telephone: 416.341.9948
email: communications@ousa.on.ca

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