CSI’s advocacy department is constantly working for you on issues that you’ve told us are important and essential to your student experience.

See the page below for more information on each of our ongoing initiatives!

Student Housing

STUDENT HOUSING OVERVIEW

By reaching out to students to hear about their housing experiences, working with community partners to advocate for greater housing availability and affordability, and engaging relevant policymakers, this project’s purpose is to find the best way to ensure students are housed safely, at a price that does not complicate their educational experience.

This project aims to gain an understanding of the current housing challenges faced by Conestoga Students and explore best practices and develop solutions to address them, focusing on accountability, affordability, equity, and sustainability.

Recent Media Coverage — CBC Kitchener

Recent Media Coverage — The Record

STATUS

Complete.
Preliminary research and student consultations have been completed. Please read the final report below.


In addition to our Your Guide to Student Living, CSI has successfully supported the push for the development of a Brantford-specific tenant support website that will provide an additional outlet of information for students.
Read more here

CSI actively is engaging with the City of Kitchener to ensure students are represented in the next steps of the Lower Doon Land Use.
Read more here


Report: Read about Addressing and Supporting the Student Housing Experience

Read More Here

DISCLAIMER: The recommendations contained within this report are for the consideration of CSI’s Executive Team and/or Board of Directors. These recommendations are not guaranteed to be adopted and/or implemented by CSI. An individual or collective action plan (such as CSI’s Strategic Plan) will be created and published in the future which may or may not include these suggested recommendations.

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION OVERVIEW

This project aims to gain an understanding of what transportation methods students use and how their transit experience can be improved, including parking, buses, biking, inter-city transit, and more. With sustainability in mind, this project aims to ensure students have long-term, sustainable, and green-friendly transportation solutions at all existing and future Conestoga College campuses.

STATUS

Complete.
Please read the final report below


CSI has been meeting with Waterloo Regional Council Candidates to solicit support for making Grand River Transit fares and services more affordable and equitable for Conestoga Students.

The candidates who took the time to meet with us and pledged their support for making transit more affordable and equitable include:

  • Brendon Da Costa — Regional Chair Candidate
  • Prakash Venkataraman — Regional Councillor Candidate (Cambridge)
  • Bobbi Stewart — Regional Councillor Candidate (Cambridge)
  • Colleen James — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)
  • Robert Deutschmann — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)
  • Tom Hiller — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)
  • Kari Williams — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)
  • Matt Rodrigues — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)
  • Joe Gowing — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)
  • Mark Fisher — Regional Councillor Candidate (Waterloo)
  • Iffat Riasat — Regional Councillor Candidate (Kitchener)

LINK THE WATERSHED OVERVIEW

CSI has joined the Link The Watershed Initiative and is advocating to improve public transit between Brantford, Guelph, and Waterloo Region. The initiative aims to link our communities with a network of four new conventional transit routes operated by our existing municipal urban transit providers (Brantford Transit, Grand River Transit, and Guelph Transit) as soon as possible; with additional service changes to the rural transit services Brant Transit, Wellington RideWell, Ride Norfolk, PC Connect, and GOST to create a highly integrated network of rural and urban transit services and linking the Watershed.

Learn more about the initiative: www.linkthewatershed.ca

Sign the petition to show your support for linking the watershed: www.change.org/linkthewatershed

Recent Media Coverage — The Record
Recent Media Coverage — CBC Kitchener


ADVOCATING FOR FREE TRANSIT ON ELECTION DAYS

CSI has been advocating to local municipalities and the Region of Waterloo to request that Grand River Transit offers free transit services on Election Days for federal, provincial, and municipal elections to reduce barriers to voting and improve accessibility to polling locations for students.

Recent Media Coverage — CBC News

Help us continue to advocate to the Region of Waterloo by emailing your Regional Councillor and telling them why you support making transit free on election days.

Find out who your Regional Councillor is and their email here:
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regional-government/council


Report: Read about Navigating Transportation Together

Read More Here

DISCLAIMER: The recommendations contained within this report are for the consideration of CSI’s Executive Team and/or Board of Directors. These recommendations are not guaranteed to be adopted and/or implemented by CSI. An individual or collective action plan (such as CSI’s Strategic Plan) will be created and published in the future which may or may not include these suggested recommendations.

Truth & Reconciliation

TRUTH & RECONCILIATION OVERVIEW

This initiative aims to push Conestoga College to commence the work of Truth & Reconciliation by beginning consultations with the indigenous communities Conestoga College on whose land the college rests and whose nations the college is embedded within. We seek to foster the work of Truth & Reconciliation in our organization as well, in a way that meaningfully engages and empowers indigenous students and community members in partnership with Be-Dah-Bin Gamik.

STATUS

In progress. Updates to be provided.


Report: Read about First Steps Towards the Path of Truth and Reconciliation

Read More Here

DISCLAIMER: The recommendations contained within this report are for the consideration of CSI’s Executive Team and/or Board of Directors. These recommendations are not guaranteed to be adopted and/or implemented by CSI. An individual or collective action plan (such as CSI’s Strategic Plan) will be created and published in the future which may or may not include these suggested recommendations.

Academic Fairness

ACADEMIC FAIRNESS OVERVIEW

This project aims to understand how Conestoga students experience and interact with the academic appeals process and work to improve the academic appeals process by providing the necessary resources to support students in all matters related to academic fairness. Whether a student is going through the process of appealing a grade and needs guidance on how to navigate the process or would like more hands-on assistance in the latter stages of the appeals process, this project will research how to best aid students in the educational experience, and ensure their academic journey is seamless.

STATUS

Complete.
Research and student consultations have been completed. Please read the final report below.


Report: Read about Building and Strengthening the Academic Appeal Environment

Read More Here

DISCLAIMER: The recommendations contained within this report are for the consideration of CSI’s Executive Team and/or Board of Directors. These recommendations are not guaranteed to be adopted and/or implemented by CSI. An individual or collective action plan (such as CSI’s Strategic Plan) will be created and published in the future which may or may not include these suggested recommendations.

CSI Year-End Survey

CSI YEAR-END SURVEY OVERVIEW

The CSI Year-End Survey is issued annually to our student membership to understand their interests and needs better. The lived experience of the student population at Conestoga College is the primary concern of Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI).

As an organization, our mission is to enhance student satisfaction and success by providing a variety of student services, taking measures to ensure our student members feel supported and secure in their educational experience. We take the insights gained from this survey to assist in the CSI Board of Director’s strategic planning process. This information is then used to develop CSI’s annual strategic plan and influence program planning and delivery.

STATUS

Complete.

See the result’s of the 2021 CSI Year-End Survey in our report here:

Year-End Survey Results (2021)

DISCLAIMER: The recommendations contained within this report are for the consideration of CSI’s Executive Team and/or Board of Directors. These recommendations are not guaranteed to be adopted and/or implemented by CSI. An individual or collective action plan (such as CSI’s Strategic Plan) will be created and published in the future which may or may not include these suggested recommendations.

Past Advocacy Efforts

2021/22 CEC AND CAAT-A BARGAINING

When bargaining negotiations broke down between the CEC and CAAT-A Faculty, CSI began to take proactive measures to ensure students were informed about the current state of the negotiations at all times and worked with other student associations across the province to call on both parties to continue negotiating and put students first. These efforts included the creation of a bargaining information page, frequent meetings with Conestoga College administration and Conestoga’s Local Union Representatives, letters to both bargaining teams and the province, and developing internal response plans to ensure additional supports would be available for students should a strike occur.

Media Coverage from The Record

Letter to Ministers

Thank You Letter to CEC and CAAT-A

DISCLAIMER: The recommendations contained within this report are for the consideration of CSI’s Executive Team and/or Board of Directors. These recommendations are not guaranteed to be adopted and/or implemented by CSI. An individual or collective action plan (such as CSI’s Strategic Plan) will be created and published in the future which may or may not include these suggested recommendations.