External Affairs


In our continued efforts to improve the well-being of our members, the KSA works with federal and provincial advocacy groups to advocate for issues that are important to the well-being of KPU students. On issues like high tuition costs, international students’ employment, student mental health support, and more, the KSA works with the below-listed organizations to push for provincial and federal government action. 

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-profit, non-partisan national student organization that represents the interests of undergraduate, graduate and polytechnic students at the federal level. Founded in 1995, CASA advocates for affordable and accessible post-secondary education and works to ensure that Canadian students have an effective voice in shaping federal post-secondary education policies. CASA’s membership consists of student associations and unions from across Canada, representing approximately 250,000 students. CASA conducts research, develops policy positions, and advocates for the federal government on issues such as student financial assistance, student employment, research funding, and student mobility.

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is a national student organization in Canada representing over 530,000 college and university students. The organization was founded in 1981 and comprises student unions and associations from various post-secondary institutions across Canada. The CFS advocates for accessible and affordable post-secondary education for all students, regardless of their financial or social background. The organization lobbies the government and engages in public campaigns to push for policies that support students, such as increased funding for post-secondary education and lower tuition fees. The CFS also provides various services and resources to its members, including training and support for student leaders, research on student issues, and programs to promote equity and diversity on campus. In addition to its advocacy work, the CFS is also involved in various social justice and environmental campaigns, and supports causes such as Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and climate justice.

The Alliance of BC Students is a student-led advocacy organization that represents the interests and concerns of post-secondary students in British Columbia, Canada. The alliance is made up of student societies from various colleges and universities across the province and aims to promote accessible, affordable, and high-quality post-secondary education. The organization engages in lobbying efforts with government officials, advocates for policy changes, and provides resources and support to member student societies. The Alliance of BC Students also works to promote student engagement and empower students to become advocates for their own education.

For more info on the KSA’s work with these advocacy groups, email the KSA Policy Coordinator at policy@kusa.ca

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