LOBBYING

The Canadian Federation of Students regularly brings issues and concerns directly to the government. The Federation has become a strong presence on Parliament Hill and at provincial legislatures, meeting regularly with federal Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament, other government officials, civil servants and representatives from all political parties at the federal and provincial levels.

Through in-depth research, regular meetings with decision-makers and consistent membership mobilization, the Federation is able to present thoughtful, practical and reasonable solutions to the problems our members face to the government while achieving tangible results for our members.

The Canadian Federation of Students is your voice at Parliament Hill, speaking regularly with government officials as well as Members of Parliament from all political parties and other civil servants. Follow the links on our website for more detailed information about our lobbying efforts, including access to our formal submissions to government, updates on current priorities and information about our annual National Lobby Week.

Lobby Week

The Federation lobbies the government at both the federal and provincial levels, presenting the students’ perspective on how to make post-secondary education more affordable and accessible.

The Canadian Federation of Students organizes lobbying opportunities for student representatives across the country to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators. Typically organized in early spring in advance of the federal budget, these meetings bring a diverse group of students face-to-face with policy-makers about our membership’s concerns with the current state of post-secondary education.

Outside of Lobby Week, Federation representatives regularly meet with government representatives from the Status of Women, Environment Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Employment and Social Development, the Department of Finance, Crown-Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, Elections Canada and post-secondary education critics from the opposition parties.

2018 Lobby Document: From Piecemeal Reform to Universal Access

The Federation’s 2018 lobby document was provided to Members of Parliament and Senators over the week of February 5 to 9, 2018, and contains recommendations in regards to federal funding for post-secondary education, Indigenous access to education, and graduate student research funding.

2018 Federal Budget: Members’ Advisory

The Federation has taken some time to analyze the 2018 federal budget and determine what this year’s investments mean for students. Read the Members’ Advisory below.

2017 Federal Budget: Members’ Advisory

In 2017, the Federation took some time to analyze the 2017 federal budget and determine what the year’s investments meant for students. Read the Members’ Advisory below.

2016 Federal Budget: Members’ Advisory

In 2016, the Federation took some time to analyze the 2016 federal budget and determine what the year’s investments meant for students. Read the Members’ Advisory below.