Take Action on Recent Ontario Government Changes

We’ve all seen the announcements of the recent announcement from the Ontario government regarding the tuition freeze, OSAP changes, and ancillary fees. There are several ways you can take action if these issues are things you feel strongly about.

The Engineering Societies Student Council of Ontario (ESSCO) shared a press release on the issue, that they will be taking action toward. Take a read if you want to see what your provincial engineering advocates are doing. Engage with them on social media to share your thoughts or support.

They have also prepared a sample letter to your local MPP outlining the main concerns of engineering students. “This can be sent out by your Engineering Society or you personally. The purpose of these letters is to make all MPPs across Ontario aware that these changes have a serious effect on students and to relay our concerns so that we can be adequately represented at the provincial level.”

The Federation of Students signed a national letter. They state that they are “voicing our collective disappointment with the provincial government’s January 17 announcement. The announced changes regarding OSAP, tuition and ancillary fees (non-tuition fees) raise red flags for our students and their families. We firmly believe it lacked proper consultation with students and was a step backwards.”

FEDS VP Education Matthew Gerrits also discussed the recent announcement from the provincial government and what it could mean for students.

From the Students of Ontario group, there are more resources put together  which includes an MPP Contact List and a more aggressive and generic sample letter. Here is a official list of all MPPs and their contact information if you wish to engage with them to share your position: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current/contact-information
Please feel free to reach out to your VPs Academic at vpacademic@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca, or your Presidents at president@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca, and additionally VP Education Matthew Gerrits is available at vped@feds.ca . We can all be contacted with any questions, concerns, thoughts or feelings.