Help support students during
the pandemic


The provincial and federal government have focused on helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many students feel left behind. We have heard from many students about their experiences and the additional challenges the pandemic has created. We need to share these experiences with the government to demonstrate the need for additional support for students.

How can you get involved and advocate for additional support for students?

Your CSI Board of Directors has created a letter based on your feedback to send to the MP’s and MPP’s responsible for assisting students. Fill out the letter below with your name, program, and your personal experience, and it will be automatically sent to:

  • Hon. Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities
  • Christopher Warren, Senior Policy Advisor
  • David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities
  • Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
  • Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship

Get involved and advocate for better supports for students with us!

Dear Honourable MPP’s and MP’s,

My name is {:1}: and I am a student studying {:3}: at Conestoga College. I am writing to you to address my concerns regarding the current situation post-secondary students are facing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Post-secondary institutions have been closed for over 3 months and have transitioned to a virtual course delivery model. This model has emphasized existing challenges for students and created new barriers to be successful in a post-secondary career. As a student, I believe the following challenges and barriers should be addressed immediately to preserve our quality of education and maximize our chances at a successful academic year.

  • Accessibility of online learning resources: For students to succeed, we need affordable broadband services, access to laptops with the required software for courses and the adoption of online educational resources. In addition to this, more consideration should be given to employability and preparedness for examinations required for students to practice in their field.
  • Availability and accessibility of mental health support: Now more than ever, students require timely, accessible, and affordable mental health support. To ensure students have the necessary support and resources, post-secondary institutions should be mandated to supply a sufficient level of mental health supports and resources.
  • Affordability of education: Education costs are continuing to rise, while opportunities for students to financially support themselves are decreasing. Funding should be provided directly to post-secondary institutions to administer relief fund programs for their students and tuition rebates should be mandated to decrease the cost of post-secondary education due to the decreased quality of education caused by the new virtual course delivery model.
  • Support for international students: Financial insecurity, inflated tuition fees, and poor communication about immigration are just some of the challenges international students face with the limited resources available to them. International students should be eligible for more funds and support services and should receive clear and concise immigration communications.

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As a community, we must all support each other during this pandemic and as a student, I hope that you recognize our unique concerns and advocate together with us for impactful solutions to be implemented immediately.

Thank you for your time and support.

Sincerely,
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Conestoga College
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