what's the national student letter all about?


This federal election,

young Canadians aged 18 to 38 make up the single largest voting bloc in the country - composing over 37% of the electorate. Students and young people have the power to change the outcome of this election and they are voting. 

Students from across Canada, throughout colleges and universities alike, are calling on federal political parties to make a commitment to young Canadians, students, and their families within their platforms and campaign promises by addressing education and student issues.

The National Student Letter

was created through the efforts of student associations at post-secondary institutions across Canada who have been preparing to engage their students to vote in the upcoming federal election and wanted to come together to let our federal parties know what issues are critical to the students who will be voting.

Students call on federal parties to address the rising cost of education, to create work-integrated learning opportunities and high quality jobs for recent graduates, and to support Indigenous students and communities. 

900,00 student voices

from across Canada are represented on this letter by their student associations and this number is only growing.

The following organizations have signed on to support this letter:

Algonquin College Students' Association

British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association

British Columbia Federation of Students, representing:

  • Okanagan College Students' Union
  • Selkirk College Students' Union
  • College of New Caledonia Students' Union
  • Thompson Rivers University Students' Union
  • Douglas Students' Union
  • Emily Carr Students' Union
  • University of British Columbia Students' Union
  • Vancouver Island University Students' Union
  • Coast Mountain College Students’ Union  
  • North Island Students' Union
  • Students' Union of Vancouver Community College
  • Camosun College Student Society
  • Northern British Columbia Graduate Student Society

Brock University Students' Union

Capilano University Students' Union

Carleton University Students' Association

Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology Student Association Inc.

Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Students Inc.

Student Union of Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology Inc.

Durham College of Applied Arts & Technology Students Inc.

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology Students' Union

University of Guelph Central Student Association

Kwantlen University Student Association

Laurentian University Students' General Association

University of Manitoba Students' Union

Students' Society of McGill University

McMaster University Students' Association

Mohawk College Students' Association

Nipissing University Student Union

Ontario Institute of Technology Student Union

University of Ottawa Students' Union

Alma Mater Society of Queens University

University of Saskatchewan Students' Union

Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology Students' Union

Sir Sandford Fleming College of Applied Arts & Technology's Student Administrative Council

St. Clair College Student Representative Council

Student Association of St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts & Technology 

University of Toronto Students' Union

Trent University Central Student Association

Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia Students' Union Okanagan

Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association 

Western University Students' Council

Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union

University of Windsor Students' Alliance