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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

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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Carleton Graduate and Muslim Students’ Associations Condemn Killing of Abdirahman Abdi

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Campaigns

On behalf of our student members at Carleton University, we stand united in expressing our overwhelming outrage at the killing of of Abdirahman Abdi, an unarmed Somali-Canadian man with an intellectual disability, outside 55 Hilda Street in Ottawa on Sunday, July 24, 2016. We condemn this appalling violence by Ottawa police that has resulted in such a heartbreaking loss for Mr. Abdi’s family. We send our love and prayers to the family, as well as the residents of their Hintonburg community who witnessed this violence. We also stand in...

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Students and Postal Workers United

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Campaigns

Students and Postal Workers United

The Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) stands in solidarity with the workers represented by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Postal workers are advocating for their rights to gender pay equity – and against proposals that will damage pensions for all workers. When Canada Post attacks postal workers, they are attacking people who live and work in our communities and campuses. Postal workers consistently defend and make gains for fair labour practices that students and youth depend on in today’s increasingly...

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GSA Statement of Solidarity with Teachers and Students in Mexico

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Campaigns

The Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) expresses its full support of teachers and students in Mexico protesting against neo-liberal reforms to the education system. More than a dozen teachers and supporters have been shot and killed by Mexican police in the last month and other teachers languish in prisons. In light of these brutal violations of human rights, the GSA also condemns the cooperation of Carleton University senior management with the state visit of the President of Mexico by housing Canadian police providing...

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GSA Letter RE: New Policy on Open, Accessible, and Democratic Autonomous Student Organizations at UoT

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Campaigns

To: Provost Cheryl Regehr and members of Governing Council. Re: New Policy on Open, Accessible and Democratic Autonomous Student Organizations We, the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association, Local 78 of the Canadian Federation of Students, are writing to communicate our opposition to the proposed New Policy on Open, Accessible, and Democratic Autonomous Student Organizations. At the 69th Semi-Annual National General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students between June 5th – June 8th 2016, student representatives from...

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Letter in Support of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre’s Initiative to Open a Supervised Injection Site (SIS)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Campaigns

Dear Mayor Watson, We at the Carleton University Graduate Student’s Association (GSA), who represent approximately 4,000 graduate students, would like to show our support for the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre’s initiative to open a supervised injection site (SIS) at its Rideau Street location. There are approximately 5,600 injection drug users in Ottawa, of which 11% are infected with HIV and 70% are infected with Hepatitis C. The highest rate of new HIV infections in the province is found here in Ottawa and can be linked to injection...

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Letter: University Representatives Disengage From Sexual Violence Policy

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Campaigns, News

  Dear President Runte: We are writing to you as student, faculty, and staff stakeholders who have been diligently participating in the ongoing consultation process for the development of the university’s stand-alone Sexual Violence Policy. We are gravely concerned with how most of the university’s representatives have chosen to disengage from this process. The first all-stakeholders meeting was held on March 23, bringing together students, labour, and university representatives to discuss the first draft of the policy. Immediately, it...

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GSA Council Unanimously Passes Motion of Non-Confidence in the Carleton University Board of Governors and Senior Administration

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Campaigns, News

The following motion (08-04-2016 – 07) was unanimously approved by the GSA Council at the April, 8 2016 meeting. Whereas Carleton University is a public institution funded through provincial operating grants and tuition fees paid by students; and Whereas on March 21, 2016, the Board of Governors approved new Bylaw changes that close the Board off from the Carleton community by increasing secrecy and centralizing power; and Whereas the Board has repeatedly ignored its own Bylaws and, in fact, knowingly disregarded the notice requirements in...

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Students, Board Members Misled About Tuition Fee Increases

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Campaigns, News

The GSA is calling on Carleton University to present accurate information about tuition increases, after senior administration misled students and members of the Board of Governors by falsely claiming that Upper Year graduate tuition rates (MA and PhD) would see increases of 0%. On March 21, the Board of Governors ignored the voices of students and voted to increase tuition by the maximum legal amount, on average 3-5% (undergraduate and graduate) and 8% (international). Board members were never provided with any specific information about the...

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