#WeAreTheStudents: Unite for Student Democracy and Against OSAP Cutbacks


Thoughtless cuts to post-secondary education by Ford’s PC government threaten workers on campus and attack students’ access to education.

What did the PCs attack?

In an announcement on Thursday, January 17, the provincial government shared a plan of cuts to funding for colleges and universities. The announcement included:

  • A guaranteed 4 percent cut to institutional funding;
  • A reduction in non-repayable grants and an increase in access to debt;
  • An attack on independent students’ unions’ ability to represent and service their members;
  • The elimination of the 6-month grace period for loan repayment.

Unifor is in support of fully-accessible, public post-secondary education. The union is also concerned that the announcement includes a direct attack on students’ unions.

For more information, download this backgrounder (PDF).

How can you help?

Workers in all sectors of the economy, should be vocal in their support for accessible public post-secondary education and for independent students’ unions.

“Students’ unions are democratic, independent organizations that provide vital services and advocacy for all members,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “We have seen Ford’s strategy at work before: if you don’t like your opposition then silence it. This autocratic attack on students is cynical and obvious.”

Unifor members are encouraged to work with our allies from the Canadian Federation of Students to support students in their fight against these devastating changes. RSVP for upcoming events below!


Rally for Affordable and Accessible Education

WHEN: Thursday January 24 @ 12PM – 1:30PM

WHERE: University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave, Windsor ON

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2182154775370680/



March Against OSAP Cuts:

WHEN: Friday, January 25 @ 2PM

WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto ON

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/590198821418635/



Sudbury Rally for University/College Students and Workers

WHEN: Friday January 25 @ 12PM – 1PM

WHERE: Tom Davies Square

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252311705661783/


York University

Rally Against Ford Cuts: Banner Making

WHEN: Thursday January 24 @ 11AM – 3PM

WHERE: York University First Student Centre

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/343823403125105/