Advocacy week

Advocacy Week is about giving a voice to over 20,000 post secondary students across Nova Scotia. In this annual conference, Students Nova Scotia helps set the direction of post secondary education. Student leaders meet with MLAs and other decision makers to put forth the issues that matter most for students.

This year, Students Nova Scotia met with over half of Nova Scotia’s MLAs, as well as many other stakeholders including the Department of Advanced Education and the Association of Atlantic Universities. Students are very happy with the reception they got and look forward to continuing to work with MLAs and Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Kelly Regan, to move forward on our recommendations. This Advocacy Week 2016 four key areas were identified, they are:

  1. Strengthening the Student Assistance Program
    • Recommendation #1: Re-Purpose Domestic Student Grant for Low-Income Students

      Recommendation #2: Improve the Grant to Loan
      Ratio from 40:60 to 50:50

      Recommendation #3: Increase Weekly Loan
      Limit from $180/week to $210/week
      Recommendation #4: Improve Delays in Student
      Assistance Distribution
  2. Supporting International Students
    • Recommendation #5: Provide MSI coverage to
      International Students Immediately Upon their
      Arrival
  3. Social Access to Post-Secondary Education
    • Recommendation #6: Creation of Minister’s
      Advisory Panel to Address Colonialism
      Recommendation #7: Develop a comprehensive
      dataset of characteristics and potential barriers
      to PSE for Nova Scotian
  4. Facilitating Student-Civic Participation
    • Recommendation #8: Amend the Municipal
      Elections Act

For complete details regarding our recommendations click here: Student Advocacy Week Proposal