Canadian Federation of Students

Trudeau, Don't Cut Youth Out Of The Federal Budget

Bilan Arte | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

Are we a genuine focus, or was #PMJT merely appealing to student and youth voters by addressing our federal election campaign demands? Following a campaign with such a strong focus on young people, we should expect nothing less than Trudeau's promises to youth to be included in his first budget as prime minister.

Student Group To Liberals: Make College, University Free

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Politics

They believe post-secondary education should be funded in the same manner as health care.

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

We're Making Student Issues Election Issues

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

We're not waiting for parties to take us seriously, we're going to the polls to show them we're serious about electing candidates who make postsecondary education a priority in a meaningful way. We need to hear of plans for reduced tuition fees, increased access to grants and forgiven student debt. This election, students know the stakes. Students don't need to be convinced to vote for an abstract reason -- the truth is as a student, you must vote this election because if you don't, you're giving our next government permission to continue ignoring you and your future.

Student Groups To Pressure Parties

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics

"We feel that we have a responsibility to change the narrative of apathetic young people or apathetic students."

As Tuition Rises, Food Banks Appear At Canadian Universities

CP | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Business

A new campus food bank at Saint Mary's University in Halifax is part of a troubling trend, says the Canadian Federation of Students. Similar servic...

Student Debt 'Crisis' Must Be Election Issue, Group Urges

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics

"Without a deliberate, national plan around post-secondary education and youth employment, we are going to see this generation failed again."

Students Are A Bit Too Optimistic About Paying Off Their Loans

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they'll be on track t...

Althia Raj

Bill C-23 Puts Plan To Encourage Youth Voting In Jeopardy | Althia Raj | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — An Elections Canada pilot program aimed at encouraging student voting during the 2015 election could be grounded if the Fair Elections Act ...

Debt Delaying Canadians' Lives

CBC | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Business

Brittany Verge knew she would have to rely on student loans to pay for post-secondary education after high school. But as a teenager, she didn't rea...

The Ongoing Trend of Corruption in Student Unions

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Universities have, on occasion, intervened and exercised their power to withhold money from student unions acting against the wishes of their membership. Student union executives typically respond with a sad attempt to take the moral high ground, repeating variations of the following: "student unions should have autonomy over their own affairs." A novel idea: How about returning power to the students?

Does the Canadian Federation of Students Care About Students?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), a national organization composed of campus student unions, purports to organize students on a "democratic, co-operative basis." When Guelph students wanted to hold a referendum to exit the CFS, they served the CFS with a petition asking for a referendum to be held to decertify. However, the CFS refused to schedule a referendum. Guelph's Central Student Association (CSA) took the CFS to court.

Why Don't Student Groups Protest Outside Of Quebec?

CP | Brian Platt, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - When a six-year tuition freeze was lifted in British Columbia in 2002, causing tuition at most universities to double over the next three ...

Keep Your Protests in Quebec

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Whatever happens in Quebec happens in Quebec; it is beyond our control here in Ontario. What is alarming however, is that, as of this past weekend, Ontario students have begun to petition to bring the movement to their province. And all in the name of that often-used, deflated word "solidarity." This would be disastrous.

Stop Throwing Tantrums Over Tuitions

Jonathan Scott | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada
Jonathan Scott

Rather than celebrating the largest reduction in tuition in a generation, the Canadian Federation of Students' plans to tear into Ontario Premier McGuinty because his tuition reduction excludes graduate and international students -- cohorts he never pledged to support.