Canadian Alliance of Student Associations in Ottawa Meeting with MPs and
OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - This week, the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) has brought more than 60 student leaders
from across the nation to Ottawa for meetings with Members of
Parliament and Senators from all three national parties to discuss
issues that affect Canada's young people
"With Canada's population aging and with our labour force in decline,
government must focus on Canada's students, as we are the nurses,
doctors, teachers, tradespeople, and managers of tomorrow," explained
Amanda Nielsen, Chair of the Board of Directors for CASA. "The success
of students is critical to sustained economic growth and the overall
wellbeing of the country."
While the benefits to pursuing postsecondary are clear, the path
required to get there often is not. The cost of education continues to
steadily increase. Over the course of this school year, the average
full-time undergraduate student will pay $5,772 for their education,
and graduate students pay even more. Costs are a very real obstacle to
many people who want to better their education and are facing
ever-increasing barriers to doing so.
The federal government has an essential role to play in learning,
training, and research. CASA has made an effort to meet with different
political parties from across the country to discuss issues of concern
for students, including the necessary removal of earnings penalties for
students, increasing the proportion of up-front, needs based financial
assistance, and reforming study permit policies to make Canada an
international education destination.
"We are in Ottawa to speak about issues that concern our nation's
students, universities, and colleges, which must remain a top priority
for the government," continued Nielsen. "It is important that MPs and
Senators are aware that in order to stay competitive internationally,
it is imperative that Canadians be encouraged to pursue post-secondary
education, be that at a college, university, or polytechnic."
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit organization with 24 member associations, representing
300,000 students across Canada. CASA advocates for a Canadian
post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, and of
the highest quality.
SOURCE: Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
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