In an effort to build stronger relationships with new and re-elected MPPs, OCUFA will be holding its annual Advocacy Day in the fall rather than the spring this year. On November 13, professors and academic librarians from across Ontario will converge on Queen’s Park to share their priorities for the province’s universities.
Over the next few months, the government, and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in particular, are expected to formalize their plans for the universities and colleges sector. Aside from passing legislation to end the York University strike and an election campaign declaration that university funding should be tied to freedom of speech, the Progressive Conservative government has not revealed any additional details of its agenda for postsecondary education.
Ontario faculty will use Advocacy Day as an opportunity to make the case for renewed investment in public university funding, addressing precarity in the university system, and new full-time faculty hiring, in order to improve the quality of education for university students.
More details about the event will be made available in the coming months.