Recommendations to 2020 BC Budget Consultation

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jun 28, 2019 1 min read
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. Enacting students' priorities for Budget 2020 will help the government keep its commitments to British Columbians.

Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jun 21, 2019 < 1 min read
On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the British Columbia Federation of Students would like to acknowledge the great injustices faced by Indigenous people across this country as a result of its colonial past and the present colonial laws and policies that continue to undermine the rights and freedoms of the first people of this land. We would also like to acknowledge the great contributions that Indigenous people make to British Columbia, one of the most diverse provinces in terms of Indigenous culture and heritage.

Submission to the Fair Wages Commission

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
May 29, 2019 1 min read
The Federation has advocated for the rise of the minimum wage to $15, has submitted recommendations for changes to the Employment Standards Act, and has now also provided recommendations on ways to begin addressing the discrepancy between the minimum wage and a living wage in BC.

Campaign Update: Open Textbooks Now!

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 30, 2019 < 1 min read
In June 2018, the provincial government provided BCcampus with $250,000 to create or adapt open textbooks for all course levels in the BC Adult Dogwood diploma (adult basic education), including math, English, science, social science, computer studies, education, and career planning.

Students Applaud Open Education Resource Funding

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 17, 2019 2 min read
Students are applauding the BC government’s announced funding infusion for the development of open education resources (OERs). The $3.26 million in additional funding for BCcampus will enable the agency to create and enhance open resources such as textbooks, online assignments, and practice exams that will be available free for students and instructors at BC post-secondary institutions.

Ridesharing in BC is good for students

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 11, 2019 2 min read
Whether it’s getting to or from school, work, or a night out with friends, safety and reliability of transportation options is a key issue for students and young people. That’s why the prospect of ridesharing services is so popular. I’m not just talking about people in urban areas like Metro Vancouver or Victoria, but also those in Terrace, Quesnel, and other places around the province.

Reviewing the 2019 Federal Budget

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 02, 2019 7 min read
Budget 2019, entitled Investing in the Middle Class, was released by the Federal Government on March 19, 2019. The Budget makes a series of targeted, relatively small investments in a series of post-secondary related targets, such as workers in training, Indigenous education, research funding, and reducing interest on student loans. Overall there are several items for students to celebrate, as the investments bring some relief to several demographics of students.

Students launch campaign to knock out student loan interest

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Mar 28, 2019 2 min read
The BC Federation of Students has officially launched its newest campaign, titled Knock Out Interest, which calls on the Trudeau government to eliminate interest on federal student loans. Education-related costs such as tuition fees, textbooks, and other expenses continue to increase rapidly, forcing half of all students to take on debt in order to access post-secondary education.

Federal budget takes steps to ease burden of student debt

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Mar 19, 2019 2 min read
Students and their families will feel some relief following today’s federal budget. After years of rising tuition fees and record levels of student debt, Budget 2019 announces a reduction in interest charged on federal student loans.