Advocacy Campaigns

Our campaigns may range from lobbying for lower tuition, to gender equality, to environmental issues, but the common denominator to every OCSU campaign is that they all push for positive change for students. In this section, you will find information on the various campaigns the OCSU participates in regularly.

Government Relations

The OCSU is engaged in lobbying all levels of government on behalf of our members. Lobbying takes the form of petition drives, media events, educating the public and our members on post-secondary issues and meeting frequently with representatives at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Within the Institution:

The OCSU lobbies the Okanagan College Board of Governors on an annual basis. While many factors play a role, this Board makes the final decision on whether your tuition rises on an annual basis (within the 2% cap). Your Students’ Union works hard every year to keep the pressure on the Board of Governors to keep tuition fees from increasing even more.

At the Municipal Level:

The Okanagan College Students’ Union represents students from a variety of communities throughout the Okanagan-Shuswap regions. We are actively speaking out on public transit, affordable housing, and local issues that affect your life as a student.

At the Provincial Level:

Provincially, the OCSU has a strong ally with the British Columbia Federation of Students – BCFS. Through the BCFS, the OCSU participates in a number ongoing campaigns aimed at targeting funding for post-secondary institutions, student loan interest rates, and student employment. We also meet regularly with the many MLA’s throughout the Okanagan-Shuswap to ensure that your voice is brought to the legislature.

At the Federal Level:

The OCSU has pushed for increased federal student grants, stronger provincial funding models for post-secondary education, and improvements to the Canadian Student Loan Program. The OCSU ensures your voice is heard by meeting regularly with MPs throughout the Okanagan-Shuswap.

Top Three Ways to Make a Difference

  1. Sign a petition or take a pledge in one of our campaigns listed on this page.
  2. Talk to your friends about the issues you care about
  3. Come volunteer at our offices in Kelowna, Penticton, or Salmon Arm.

Have a suggestion for something we should be advocating on? Let us know!