2022 Ontario Election Advocacy
This election presents a valuable opportunity to put postsecondary education on the agenda and build a better future for Ontario. Each political party is making promises and proposals that will affect university faculty, students, our families, and our communities.
This election, OCUFA is focused on three advocacy priorities:
- Fairness for contract faculty to ensure all faculty are treated with respect and shift Ontario universities away from their dependence on precarious contract labour.
- Increase student financial assistance and replace OSAP loans with grants.
- Strong public funding for universities is necessary to support excellence in teaching and research, especially at universities in Northern Ontario and those that offer Indigenous and bilingual programming.
This webpage provides action you can take to pressure your local Ontario election candidates to support these important investments and includes documents that clarify how the platforms and positions of each political party will impact Ontario’s universities. Please share this site with your friends and colleagues and promote it on your campus.
Check back often for the latest news and additional resources.
This public opinion poll conducted for OCUFA by Ekos Research Associates shows broad support for Ontario’s public postsecondary education system and OCUFA’s election advocacy priorities.
- 69% of Ontarians believe that postsecondary education should be a high priority for Ontario’s next government.
- The majority of Ontarians believe that the next provincial government should provide more funding to universities.
- Two-thirds of Ontarians agree that students in Northern Ontario should have access to university education in Northern Ontario.
- 71% of Ontarians support legislation that would ensure contract faculty receive equal pay when doing the same work as their full-time colleagues.
- The majority of Ontarians support replacing student loans with non-repayable grants.
Over the years, OCUFA has been a strong advocate for accessible, high-quality postsecondary education delivered through secure academic jobs, by publicly funded, autonomous universities that are governed collegially through shared governance. This vision has been formalized in several OCUFA policies over the years and informed the organization’s advocacy and political lobbying. Below are the main areas of OCUFA’s advocacy platform for the 2022 Ontario election.View Resource
This toolkit offers resources and assist faculty associations in planning and mobilizing for the provincial election on their local campuses and in their communities.View Resource
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