The Quebec Student Union is a national association that represents university students. Above all, we work to defend our members’ interests on issues related to higher education, academic supervision, and research by acting as their primary spokesperson with the federal and provincial governments. This page gives you all the information about our current affiliation campaigns, as well as helpful information about the Union.
What purpose does a National Association like the QSU serve?
The QSU, like other national associations, is a civil-society organization that unites and amplifies university students’ voices beyond their campuses—acting as the voice of Quebec’s university students on the topics that matter to them and their education. The QSU is dedicated to making concrete improvements to students’ lives and to the mechanisms that finance Quebec’s universities and research. Working with the government, we make sure critical issues are being prioritized and push constantly to have a significant and meaningful impact on public policy.
Founded only a year ago, the QSU has already won several important victories. Some of our initiatives have resulted in major wins for students, while others continue to advance through the drafting of briefing documents and the production of original research. Below are only some of the issues we’ve tackled this year.
$80 Million for Student Financial Aid
Thanks to concerted efforts by the Quebec Student Union and its partners, Quebec’s Student Financial Aid program (AFE) will benefit from an $80 million investment in 2017. That’s $80 million more going straight to students—the single biggest investment into financial aid in the past 15 years. Even better, this money will directly benefit students who are in the greatest financial need. Learn more ➜
The FIDEP Secures Compensation for Internships
The Inter-University Federation of Doctoral Students in Psychology (FIDEP) has been working for ten years to gain a financial compensation for doctoral psychology students’ mandatory internship. Finally, in December 2016, they succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the provincial government that ensures a compensation for all of the interns in psychology. In support of this effort, the QSU provided the campaign with financial and logistical support. Learn more ➜