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We’re here for students. we take action.

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ABOUT THE ONTARIO STUDENT ACTION NETWORK (OSAN)

We are a group of passionate activists and students from across Ontario, working together to improve affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve free post-secondary education for all students.

OSAN organizes with students, activists, and community members across Ontario to fight on behalf of all students

On January 17th, Doug Ford announced changes being made to OSAP that will affect all students receiving financial aid in Ontario. Additionally, a 10% cut on tuition was announced as well. While students appreciate the reduction in tuition, for almost all students receiving financial aid, the cuts to grants and the decrease of loans will far outweigh the 10% tuition cut benefit. Along with eliminating the free tuition grant, the Ford Government is scrapping the 6-month interest-free grace period on the Ontario loan portion, and reducing the number of people eligible for student aid and independent student status; these changes are going to impact almost all students receiving financial aid negatively.

Students overwhelming reject these changes to the financial assistance program, which disproportionately affect the working poor and middle class. Together, with students across Ontario, we will be demonstrating, standing up for ourselves, and demanding that these changes not be implemented.

All Canadians deserve access to high quality, affordable and accessible higher education. We will continue working with students, activists and partners across the province to achieve this goal.

EMAIL & SOCIAL Media

OSANetwork19@gmail.com

Chapters

Ottawa: University Centre, Carleton University 1125 Colonel By, Ottawa, K1S5B6

On Feb. 4th 2019, thousands of students across Ontario organized protests, marches and other events in opposition to Doug Ford's announced changes to OSAP and post-secondary education. We documented this protest and interviewed some of the attendees. A Toronto protest is planned for Tuesday Feb. 19 2019 @Yonge-Dundas Square.

osap and the announced changes

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What is OSAP?

“The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that can help you pay for college or university.

OSAP offers funding through:

  • grants: money you don’t have to pay back

  • a student loan: money you need to repay once you’re done school

When you apply for OSAP, we automatically consider you for both grants and loans. If you don’t want to take a loan, you can decline it after your application is approved.

There are also programs to help you repay your student loan once you’re done school.” - Provided by the Government of Ontario

How is OSAP changing?

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Stories

Families are struggling to survive, and students are facing more and more barriers to access to education. By creating more debt for students, and cutting vital student services, Doug Ford is putting a generation at risk.
— Carolyn Simon (Social Work Student at Carleton University)
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Students who previously received enough grants to cover the costs of tuition may now have to take on mortgage-sized debts. These changes punish those who cannot afford to pay for their education out of pocket and further marginalize the most marginalized. This is NOT what accessible and affordable education looks like.
— Jensen Williams (Sociology and Public Policy Graduate from the University of Guelph)
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When the government says every student matters and they want to make sure all students have access to education I think that’s admirable but it does not reflect their actions.
— Gaelan Kirby (Civil Engineering Student at Carleton University)
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I believe that education is the way to create and support innovative solutions to the inequities in our world and the unsustainable practices that we are currently engaged in...I fight for accessible and equitable education because a healthy democracy relies on education opportunities for all and attending post-secondary school should not be determined by your family income.
— Lydia Margaret
Lydia
Education, especially the free education access we’ve lost represented a chance for people trapped in the cycle of poverty to break the cycle and learn in ways that were previously inaccessible to those with lower incomes. By cutting OSAP grants the Ford government has made a very clear statement; education is only for the privileged and the impoverished masses should stay where they are.
— Morgan Wall
Morgan
As an international student, I can say that changes like this harm the international image of the Canadian education system. Education is a right and taking it from the people is unworthy of a leader. In a time like that, international students stand side by side with our Ontario peers.
— Aleksei Shkurin
Aleksei

SOCIAL

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

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REACH US

We are located in the University Center at Carleton University. The best way to get in touch with us is via one of our social media channels, email, or the form below.

Address

University Center Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

 
 

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