When Canadians head to the polls this October, post-secondary students have told federal parties what they’re looking for and they plan to make an impact.
Today, together with post-secondary institutions across Canada that represent 900,000 students, the Sault College Students’ Union signed a joint letter to the federal party leaders. This national letter reminds the parties that young Canadians are closely watching party platforms this upcoming federal election and it is critical to support student issues if they want their vote. In particular, students want a commitment from every party to:
● Address the rising costs of education
● Fund work-integrated learning opportunities for students and support sustainable, high-quality jobs
● Increase support for Indigenous students and communities
Last election, voter turnout among 18 to 24-year olds increased from 39% to 57%. Young people are engaged and taking a stand to make sure federal party leaders know what the priorities of young Canadians and their families are.
“As student leaders, it is our responsibility to inform our membership of not only bringing awareness to what is happening here on campus, but what true impacts we can have on a national level with the federal election coming this October and we are urging our students to hit the polls with us.” says Jonathan Boyer-Nolan, President of Sault College Students’ Union”. With the rise of Indigenous learners on our campus across the country and seeing the number of graduate rates increasing, we need to ensure we have the necessary supports coming from the federal government. This would align directly to the calls to action under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.”
Eligible voters aged 18-38 make up the single largest voting bloc in Canada and have the power to impact the outcome of the next federal election. At a time when students face the dangerous realities of climate change, rising tuition costs, and crushing post-graduation debt, student associations will be urging their members to vote with these important student priorities in mind. As students come back to their campuses for a new school year, student associations across the country will be working to mobilize students to vote.