Government Affairs

The Federation of Students works with all levels of government to ensure students' wants and needs are shared. The Feds VP Education meets with politicians regularly to advocate for undergraduates at the University of Waterloo.

In Canada, education at all levels is viewed as a shared responsibility for all levels of government. Constitutionally, however, a great deal of power and duty is placed on the shoulders of the provinces. In turn, the Ontario government deals with issues such as teaching quality, student success, university finances, and student financial assistance.


The Federation of Students is a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), which includes seven other student associations from across the province.

The Feds VP Education works with OUSA to learn what issues are affecting students' access to a quality education such as tuition fees, ancillary fees, and more. OUSA conducts research to determine what the issues are, and organizes campaigns to advocate for its members. The findings are shared with government officials and organizations within Ontario.

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
In order to best represent the interests of students at the University of Waterloo, your Federation of Students teams up with other student associations across Ontario to present a pragmatic and solution-oriented voice of students to the government of Ontario. This partnership is the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). OUSA represents the interests of over 145,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at seven institutions across Ontario.
OUSA's shared vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario. To achieve this vision we've come together to develop solutions to challenges facing higher education, build broad consensus for our policy options, and lobby government to implement them.

For more information on OUSA, please visit their website. Individuals interested in participating in OUSA initiatives on campus should contact the Vice-President, Education at


The Feds VP Education works with other student associations to be a national voice for students.

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