Bylaws and Policies

Political Policy Student Employment

Expires: April 30, 2022

1 Facts

  1. There are opportunities for the federal, provincial and municipal governments to implement and improve student employment programs.
  2. Students deserve to be compensated fairly from companies and not-for-profits that receive student wage subsidies.
  3. Unpaid internships result in higher youth unemployment, lower wages, and often are not degree-relevant (CASA)[1].
  4. Students accepting unpaid internships should be given similar rights to those taking paid work.
  5. At least 50% of students studying in Canada work during their post-secondary studies[2].
  6. Fairly compensated employment opportunities are a means of ensuring access to post-secondary education.
  7. Pre-graduation, program-relevant employment resources and opportunities lead students to greater career success post-graduation.
  8. From 1993 to 2013, private company spending on employee training and development fell 40%[3].
  9. Citizenship and Immigration Canada allows for international students to work 20 hours per week while studying and up to 40 hours per week during regular breaks[4].
  10. Due to bureaucratic processes between Canada Border Services Agency and Service Canada, international students are not always guaranteed to have a work permit attached to their study permit (CASA)[5].
  11. In April, 2019, the federal government is introducing a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program to replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy[6].

2 Resolutions

  1. The Students’ Union shall advocate for increased government funding towards federal student employment programs, specifically the Canada Summer Jobs Program or equivalent, and the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program[7] or equivalent.
  2. The Students’ Union shall advocate that municipalities that are proximate to University of Alberta campuses create more job opportunities for students throughout the year.
  3. The Students’ Union shall advocate for provincial and federal student employment programs to be in operation throughout the entire year.
  4. The Students’ Union shall advocate that government review the criteria for funding student employment wage subsidy recipients to ensure that positions funded provide degree relevant experience.
  5. The Students’ Union shall advocate to the federal government for the elimination of non-degree relevant unpaid internships in the public and private sectors.
  6. The Students’ Union shall advocate for employment opportunities in both English and French that are geographically accessible to students.
  7. The Students’ Union shall advocate for the implementation and creation of employment training programs to address the “employer training gap”, similar to the Quebec Training Requirement Program.
  8. The Students’ Union shall advocate for government employment subsidization programs to increase the amount they subsidize to align with minimum wage increases and inflation.
  9. The Students’ Union shall advocate that the federal government provide consistent and stable funding to the University of Alberta Career Centre in order to provide adequate resources to aid students.
  10. The Students’ Union shall advocate for improved coordination between the Canada Border Services Agency and Service Canada to ensure that all international students can obtain work permits and Social Insurance Numbers when they receive study permits.
  11. The Students’ Union shall advocate to the federal government for international students to be able to work between 25 and 30 hours per week during the academic year.
  12. The Students’ Union shall advocate to the federal government that the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program include accessible opportunities for post-secondary Indigenous students.
  13. The Students’ Union shall advocate to all levels of government against the tokenization of students working for governments and through government subsidized employment programs.

3 References

  1. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/casaacae/pages/1275/attachments/original/1526062386/Student_%28Un%29Employment_in_Canada.pdf?1526062386
  2. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-001-x/2010109/article/11341-eng.htm
  3. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/casaacae/pages/1275/attachments/original/1526062386/Student_%28Un%29Employment_in_Canada.pdf?1526062386
  4. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/work-off-campus.html
  5. https://www.casa-acae.com/value_beyond_the_dollars_and_cents_international_students_contributions_to_canada_and_their_need_for_supports
  6. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/indigenous/asets.html
  7. https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1519331724867/1533126823208