About the National Graduate Caucus
The National Graduate Caucus (NGC) is a separate caucus within the Canadian Federation of Students uniting the 60,000 graduate student members of the Canadian Federation of Students. The NGC is the largest graduate student organisation in Canada, and the only one with an office in Ottawa to lobby federal decision-makers.
The NGC holds three business meetings per year, has a distinct budget, and elects a Chair, Deputy Chair, and representative to the Federation's National Executive. Graduate students also join together with over one-half million students across Canada to lobby on issues of concern to all students such as student debt, tuition fees, and core funding for Canadian universities.
Advocacy for Graduate Students
The National Graduate Caucus (NGC) is Canada's voice for graduate students in Canada. With over 60,000 students at 31 campuses from St. John's to Victoria, the NGC puts the issues of graduate students on the national and provincial agendas.
Through the Federation's national research department, the NGC monitors legislative developments as they pertain to graduate students. The research and communications capacity of the Federation also insures that the voice of graduate students has been heard on issues as varied as copyright legislation, whistleblower protection, student debt, the licensing agreement students sign with the National Library of Canada, and academic freedom.
NGC representatives meet regularly with elected and non-elected officials from Human Resources & Skills Development, Industry Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and the Department of Finance. In addition to representing graduate students at the National Advisory Group on Student Financial Assistance and various House of Commons Standing Committees, the NGC is also an active participant in the Canadian Consortium for Research.
By working together with organisations like the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the NGC has become one of the pre-eminent voices protecting the rights of researchers in Canada.