Lobby Week 2022

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Oct 31, 2022 3 min read
Building a post-secondary system that is of high quality and accessible to all learners in British Columbia is at the heart of what the BCFS stands for. That’s why student representatives from across the province head to Victoria to meet with MLAs to discuss the issues impacting students and to push for meaningful change.

Students Applaud Federal Decision to Allow International Students to Work Without Limitations

Federal Student Advocacy Alliance
Federal Student Advocacy Alliance
Oct 07, 2022 4 min read
Students from across Canada applaud the Liberal Government’s decision to lift the limits on the number of hours international students can work off campus. The program, which starts November 15, 2022, is slated to end December 31, 2023 and will allow the over 600,000 international students studying in Canada to increase the number of hours they can work off campus beyond 20 hours.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Quinn Cunningham
Quinn Cunningham
Sep 29, 2022 3 min read
Trigger Warning: topics of residential school, colonialism, genocide. September 30th is a solemn day for Indigenous peoples; take this day to care for yourself, to spend time with family, or with other relations on the land. I encourage folks to take the spaces made for you and navigate them with your heart; whether that looks like supporting somebody, showing up for an event, or taking a step back from social media and spending time in places that heal you.

Back to school brings excitement... along with more student loan debt

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Sep 06, 2022 3 min read
NEW WESTMINSTER—As students across the province head to college and university campuses today, for most, there is a mix of excitement for their first “real” back to school experience since the start of the pandemic and the worry about the high costs of school. Accessing education is increasingly unaffordable; increasing tuition fees and costs of living and a lack of adequate public funding has resulted in students and their families taking on huge amounts of debt.

Welcome back: a look at what the fall semester will bring

Melissa Chirino
Melissa Chirino
Sep 06, 2022 4 min read
After a hot summer, students are returning to their campuses for the Fall semester. Although, many students have been on campus in some capacity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, for most they will finally get the full experience of attending post-secondary in-person. With most courses to be delivered in-person and most campus activities making a comeback the fall 2022 semester promises to be among the most vibrant in recent memory, filled with opportunities for new experiences and connections.

BC students support calls for free contraceptives

Tashia Kootenayoo
Tashia Kootenayoo
Jul 26, 2022 1 min read
Students in British Columbia have joined the fight to remove financial barriers to accessing contraception. The Federation ratified its support for the AccessBC campaign, officially endorsing it during our 82nd Semi Annual General meeting on July 17, 2022. Together, we are calling on the provincial government to fulfill their electoral promise and make all prescription contraception free.

Calls to Action: a Statement in Support of Ukraine

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Feb 25, 2022 2 min read
We, along with many around the world, are horrified by the unprovoked act of violence committed by Vladmir Putin against the Ukraine. Students in British Columbia condemn this action and stand in solidarity with all those impacted by these criminal acts. We stand with the people of the Ukraine.

BC Budget invests in increased access to post-secondary education

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Feb 22, 2022 1 min read
VICTORIA— The BC government’s 2022 Budget includes several investments that will help students access education and find a job after graduation. This includes the expansion of more affordable childcare spaces; increased access to highspeed internet; more funding for adult learners; and the creation of more training seats for in-demand jobs.

A Statement on the Ban on Conversion Therapy

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Feb 01, 2022 2 min read
Conversion therapy is now illegal in Canada – it is a crime to engage in efforts to change someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression – marking a major milestone in 2SLGBTQAI+ rights in this country.