On October 29 to 31, representatives from the Federation's member students' unions will be meeting in Victoria with MLAs from all parties. In these meetings we will discuss issues on our campuses and solutions that we have identified at the provincial government level.
Making post-secondary education affordable and accessible to all falls directly in line with the three key commitments the current government has made to British Columbians: to make life more affordable; to deliver services that people count on; and to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone.
Post-secondary education is a natural fit in a conversation about investing in the future of Canada’s economy. The current era of rapidly shifting labour market demands, global competition for high- quality education and top academic achievers, and new technologies in infrastructure/building sectors makes a well-educated population key to Canada’s success.
British Columbia has been a top-level destination for international education, but significant risk exists to its current model. Regulation of international student tuition fees and a comprehensive international education strategy will better ensure stability and security in BC's international student enrolment in the years to come.
Education needs to be a top priority in the federal and provincial governments' reconciliation frameworks. The gaps in attainment are a part of systemic disadvantages that must be corrected in order to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The BC government will be conducting a referendum on electoral reform in 2018. Voters will have the opportunity to decide on whether they want to keep the current voting system (First Past the Post) or change to a system of proportional representation.
Post-secondary education and training is an integral component of BC’s economic framework and amongst the most important social programs provided by the BC government. The BCFS submitted the following recommendations to make secondary education more affordable and accessible in BC.