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Federal Budget Submission

Each year UCRU submits our recommendations on how money in the Federal Budget can be allocated to address student needs. This year we recommend:


Student Financial Aid

  • Permanently eliminate interest accruals on federal student loans by investing $551.3 million year over year

  • Invest in the Canada Student Grants such that the maximum receivable is permanently increased from $3,000 to $6,000.

  • Permanently increase the Repayment Assistance Plan threshold from $40,000 to 50,000.

Student Employment

  • Develop international student-specific streams within the framework of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and the Canada Summer Jobs program.

  • Increase work-integrated learning opportunities for international and domestic students alike by reinvesting $239.8 million into the Student Work Placement Program.

  • Amend the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) program such that international students are able to count part-time employment experience while they are full-time students towards their permanent residency.

Mental Health

  • Make targeted investments into student and youth-centric digital mental health initiatives by providing the provinces with matched investments.

Download our 2022 Federal Budget Submission