Federal & provincial lobbying
The Canadian Federation of Students regularly brings issues and concerns directly to the government.
The Federation has become a strong presence on Parliament Hill and at provincial legislatures, meeting regularly with federal members of Parliament, members of Provincial Parliament, other government officials, civil servants and representatives from all political parties at the federal and provincial levels.
Through in-depth research, regular meetings with decision makers and consistent membership mobilization, the Federation is able to present thoughtful, practical and reasonable solutions to the problems our members face to the government while achieving tangible results.
The Canadian Federation of Students is your voice at Parliament Hill, speaking regularly with government officials as well as members of Parliament from all political parties and other civil servants. Follow the links on our website for more detailed information about our lobbying efforts, including access to our formal submissions to government, updates on current priorities and information about our annual National Lobby Week.
Outside of Lobby Week, Federation representatives regularly meet with government representatives from Women and Gender Equality Canada, Environment Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Employment and Social Development, the Department of Finance, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, Elections Canada and post-secondary education critics from the opposition parties.
Typically organized in early spring in advance of the federal budget, these meetings bring a diverse group of students face-to-face with policy-makers about our members’ concerns with the current state of post-secondary education.
The Federation’s 2022 lobby document was provided to Members of Parliament and Senators over the week of February 22-25, 2022, and contains recommendations in regards to a national vision for post-secondary education, the rising cost of tuition, lack of mental health supports, increasing levels of debt, rising cost of living, and lack of affordable housing.
Just Recovery for Students
The Federation’s 2021 lobby document was provided to Members of Parliament and Senators over the week of February 15-19, 2021, and contains recommendations in regards to a just COVID-19 Recovery for Students to ensure the generations that will rebuild Canada and propel us forward through this pandemic are able to do so without the unnecessary additional barriers they currently face.
Be Bold: Education and Climate Justice For All
The Federation’s 2020 lobby document was provided to Members of Parliament and Senators over the week of February 17-21, 2020, and contains recommendations in regards to federal funding for post-secondary education, Indigenous access to education, graduate student research funding, international students, climate justice and student housing.
It’s Time to Be Bold: Education For All
The Federation’s 2019 lobby document was provided to Members of Parliament and Senators over the week of February 18 to 22, 2019, and contains recommendations in regards to federal funding for post-secondary education, Indigenous access to education, and graduate student research funding.
Federal Budget: Member’s Advisory
The Federation has taken some time to analyze the 2019 federal budget and determine what this year’s investments mean for students. Read the Members’ Advisory below.