Members of SOGS are also members of the Canadian Federation of Students or CFS. As CFS members, a number of special discounts are available to graduate students including the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and the Studentsaver Discount Card.
In addition SOGS advocates on behalf of graduate students at the governmental levels primarily through CFS. Our issues and concerns reach the provincial and federal governments through delegates that we send, on a regular basis, to national and provincial general meetings of the Federation. Through CFS, we are also members of the Ontario Graduate Association (OGA) and the National Graduate Council (NGC).
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation. It is composed of more than 80 university and college students' unions with a combined membership of over one-half million students.
The Canadian Federation of Students–Ontario represents 300,000 college and university students from more than 30 students’ unions in Ontario.CFS–Ontario is an autonomous, incorporated, not-for profit organisation, affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Students, which brings together over one-half million students across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students was formed in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally and to provide cost-saving services to its members. For more information, please visit: www.cfsontario.ca
Nationally, members of SOGS are represented by the National Graduate Caucus (NGC). The NGC, a separate caucus within the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), unites over 70,000 graduate students across Canada. The NGC is the largest graduate student organization in the country, 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. For more information about the NGC and the various issues it's presently addressing, visit its new website at: http://www.graduatestudents.ca/
Please find CFS bylaw and campaign materials from the CFS website.
Recent Media Release Provincial Election Video (Courtesy: UWOGTA Union)
Activities and Events Executive Report, CFS-NGC, March 2012
Executive Report, CFS-Ontario, December 2011
Ontario Provincial Election:Post-secondary education platforms
Ontario Executive Report-Campaigns and Services, August 2011
National Executive Report-Services, May 2011
Students' Right to Organize: Bill 184
Campaign and Government Relation Report
CFS National Lobby Week Report
CFS National Graduate Caucus Report- February 18 and 19, 2011
Where the parties stand
Recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
- 2011 Green Party Platform
-Consrvative Party Platform
- Liberal Party
-NDP Platform for 2011 Federal Election
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