2020-2021 PRIORITIES

At the Undergraduates of the Canadian Research Intensive Universities, we pride ourselves on being a stakeholder who presents evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing our members. These solutions can be found in our policy briefs. Take a look at our 2020-2021 policy briefs below. Each year, the student associations in UCRU determine our annual priorities, and create federal policy solutions based on those topics. In 2020-2021, our priorities are: Extension of COVID-19 Student Support Package, Undergraduate Research, Connectivity for Canadians, Indigenous Support & Reconciliation and Work-Integrated Learning for International Students.

SEE our Briefs from Previous Years

2019-2020

In 2019-2020, our priorities are: Undergraduate Research, Affordability, Indigenous Students and International Students.

2018-2019

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FUNDING

Strengthen the Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) program
by extending eligibility, increasing funding, and collecting more robust data.

TAX CREDIT REALLOCATION

Eliminate the tuition tax credit and relocate the estimated $1.5 billion to
upfront grants to be administered through the Canada Student Grant
Program.

INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

Increase funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program
(PSSSP) and initiate a broad consultation with Indigenous students,
communities, and organizations over how Canada can best revitalize the
program.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Modify the eligibility guidelines under the Canadian Experience Class
(CEC) Express Entry program to allow international student graduates from
Canadian universities to fast-track into permanent residency by recognizing
work-integrated or experiential learning practice towards eligible work
experience.

COPYRIGHT ACT

Education should continue to be considered fair dealing under the
Canadian Copyright Act.