In February 2019, students launched the We The Students campaign in response to the provincial government’s cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and the introduction of the Student Choice Initiative (SCI). The campaign has since expanded to include elements of the Canadian Federation of Students’ broader advocacy strategy to promote free and accessible education for all students.
- Significant cuts were made to OSAP grants and loans.
- The government provided a 10 percent tuition fee reduction for domestic students but refused to provide additional funding to universities and colleges to make up for funding shortfalls. As such, international students are being charged more to make up for that shortfall.
- Students’ unions, groups, clubs, campus press, radio stations and other crucial student services were at risk of funding shortfalls, closures and attacks through the Student ‘Choice’ Initiative.
- Public funding for post-secondary education is regressively shifting from enrolment based funding to performance-based funding.