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One of the roles of the GSA is to represent and advocate for graduate student interests both on the Carleton campus and within the broader community. This involves the executive sitting on several Carleton committees and boards, including Senate, the Grad Faculty Board, and the Board of Governors, to ensure that the collective grad voice is heard and valued.

Our campaigns are another way we advocate for graduate student interests and students in general. We address issues ranging from post-residency fees and lower tuition to student-worker solidarity, equity, and student union autonomy. The GSA works both independently and in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Students on a number of these issues, as well as on various campaigns and issues that the GSA Council has endorsed. For more information on specific campaigns, please see the drop down menu.

Several of these campaigns are designed and implemented by the GSA Political Action Committee (PAC), which is chaired by the VP External and is open to all students. Most recently, PAC organized a campaign around challenging high tuition fees at Carleton, which included over 1,250 postcards signed by students urging the Board of Governors to vote to freeze tuition. As a result of this campaign, the administration must develop a number of budgets to present to the Board for 2015-2016 that do not include a tuition increase, as well as draft a letter with the GSA to urge the provincial government to provide greater public funding to post-secondary institutions.

If you have any questions, would like to get involved in any of these campaigns, or learn more about PAC, contact

The GSA’s Open Letter Regarding the Potential Censure of Carleton University

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Campaigns

To: President Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Peter Ricketts Vice-President (Research & International) Dr. Rafik A. Goubran Vice-President (Finance and Administration) Michel Piché Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) Suzanne Blanchard Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Dr. Matthias Neufang Members of the Carleton University Board of Governors The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is extremely concerned about Carleton University’s inaction on the issue of the pending...

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Carleton Students Bring Message to Parliament

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Campaigns

For immediate release Carleton Students Bring Message to Parliament OTTAWA – Representatives from the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA Carleton), Local 78 of the Canadian Federation of Students,  will be meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators this week to call for a high-quality and accessible system of public postsecondary in Ontario and across Canada. “Students from Ontario and across the country are sending a clear message to the federal government that we will not accept any more broken promises,”...

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Response to the Community Update on the Sexual Violence Policy

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Campaigns

The Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), the Human Rights Society, the Graduate Students’ Association, CUPE Local 2424, and CUPE Local 4600 are submitting this response to the Community Update: Sexual Violence Policy that was made available on November 16, 2016. Some of the positive changes that were made to the Policy included: Modifying the definition of “University Community” to eliminate the possibility that Respondents could suspend the complaint process by ending their relationship with the University. Removing the...

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Proposal for Board of Governors Electoral Policy

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Campaigns

To the Nominating Committee of the Carleton University Board of Governors, The processes and guidelines for elections to the Board of Governors play a key role in determining whether students have effective student participation in university affairs. It is critical that Board policy facilitates a fair electoral process, is responsive to the specific needs of students, and allows for a meaningful and informed selection process. Therefore, we respectfully submit the below recommendations for your consideration, which are motivated by these...

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Not Your Stereotype

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Campaigns

With Halloween approaching, Indigenous students are speaking out against culturally appropriated costumes being marketed in Canada. Cultural appropriation is the act of taking certain elements of a culture or community of which you do not identify with. This is typically manifested as someone from a dominant group taking from marginalized cultures or communities for artificial or leisurely purposes that undermine the cultural context and significance. The National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students have recently been...

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Carleton GSA Condemns the Ottawa Police Service’s Actions in the Wake of the Death of Annie Pootoogook

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Campaigns

Trigger warning: Quotes very violent and offensive language about Indigenous people, survivors of violence, and women.  We at the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), representing approximately 4,000 graduate students, unequivocally condemn the Ottawa Police Service’s actions in the wake of the death of Annie Pootoogook, world-renowned Inuit artist and much loved community member, who was found dead in the Ottawa River on Friday, September 23rd. Firstly, we find it horrifying that her death was at first...

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GSA Council Motion 30-09-2016 – 01: Motion to Support CUPE 4600 in Bargaining

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Campaigns, Council

  The following motion was approved by the GSA Council at the September 30, 2016 meeting. Whereas CUPE 4600, the union representing teaching assistants and contract instructors, is currently in bargaining with Carleton University; and Whereas many GSA members work for Carleton University as teaching assistants and contract instructors; and Whereas the GSA supports the negotiation of better working conditions for its members and all workers; therefor Be it resolved that the GSA support CUPE 4600 in bargaining; and Be it further resolved...

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Students are going all out Nov 2

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Campaigns, Video

Students are going all out Nov 2

Postsecondary education is under attack. Tuition fees and student debt are skyrocketing across the country and public funding continues to fall. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together we can fight back for universal access to public education. We’re going #alloutnov2. Share if you are too!

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CU Statement for students impacted by the Phoenix pay problem

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Campaigns

If you have been affected by Phoenix pay system issues currently impacting Government of Canada employees and are having difficulties paying your student account, please contact Laura Wilson in the Student Accounts department ( as soon as possible. Carleton University will work with impacted students so as to limit the impact on their studies. To receive assistance, you will have to provide Carleton University with a letter from your employer confirming employment, explaining that you are impacted by Phoenix pay...

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Have You Not Been Paid by the Federal Government?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Campaigns

The GSA is interested in hearing from members affected by problems with the federal government’s Phoenix payment system. The GSA is approaching the University with a request to waive late fees and interest charges for students who have worked for the federal government and have not been paid in full. Members of the GSA who have worked for but not been paid by the federal government may be eligible for the GSA’s Emergency Grant. To let us know if you have been affected, or for more information on what the GSA is doing to address this problem,...

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