To recap, these are the action items from the meeting:

1) The City will actively seek out and contact all graduate students who may have been denied or misinformed about the child care fee subsidy. Both graduate students’ associations will distribute this information widely and encourage graduate students who were affected by the previous and discriminatory policy to contact their case worker as soon as possible.

2) Any graduate student parent who currently has a child care fee subsidy and have been told they will be removed from the program in May 2013 will be informed this this is not the case and that they will keep their subsidy until the yearly case reassessment is made.

3) The City will include the word “graduate” so that the policy will now read

  • “A parent who meets the financial eligibility criteria and demonstrates progression through a full time academic program (undergrad, graduate, high school, college diploma) or a language or training program meets the criteria for a recognized need for child care fee subsidy. “
  • “Students with a recognized post secondary degree, diploma and/or certificate, who meet the financial eligibility criteria, may also qualify for consideration for fee subsidy assistance subject to the review of the socio economic needs of our community used in priority setting.”

4) The Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association and the University of Ottawa Graduate Students’ Association will actively lobby the provincial government to address the issue of child care subsidy underfunding, and to make them aware of e detrimental effects this can have on graduate students.

Once again we would like to thank you all for your time and look forward to hearing from you as to the progress of these action items.

Anna Goldfinch
Vice President External
Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association
Local 78 of the Canadian Federation of Students
613-520-2600 x 8270