With more than 10,000 members in the Maritimes and over 500,000 members at 64 students’ unions across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Students is the voice of accessible post-secondary education across the country.

Our Federation represents domestic and international students at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels, including full and part-time students. For over thirty years, students have been united in the fight to eliminate tuition fees and student debt. Students continue to advocate for more sustainable and equitable campuses and communities.

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Skills Magazine

This magazine has information about organizing, media, events and more. You can refer to this when you need to write a press release or need some new event idea’s and we hope it will be a helpful tool for you during your time on your student’s union and beyond.


Fight the Fees

Member Locals

Local 07: Student Union of NSCAD University
Local 11: University of King’s College Students’ Union
Local 34: Mount Saint Vincent University Students’ Union
Local 69: Association générale des étudiants de l’Université Sainte-Anne
Local 95 : Cape Breton University Students’ Union
Local 113 : Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students

Prospective Member: Dalhousie Student Union

Executive & Staff

Chairperson: Joanna Clark
Deputy Chairperson: vacant
Treasurer: Marie Dolcetti Koros
Local 07 Representative: Sam Shaffelburg
Local 11 Representative: Hope Moon
Local 34 Representative: Will Brewer
Local 69 Representative: Sarah Fortin
Local 95 Representative: vacant
Local 113 Representative: Asal Yans
Prospective Member Dalhousie Student Union Representative: vacant
Indigenous Students’ Representative: Kassidy Bernard
Racialized Students’ Representative: Jeancyline Mayani (Maya)
Women’s Representative: Jesse Mae
We fight for free and accessible education for everyone! 
Average tuition fees in Nova Scotia are $8,153, compared to the national average of $6,838 – leading students and their families to take out huge amounts of debt to finance an education. 
89% of Nova Scotian’s are concerned that students are leaving the province to pay off their student loans, seeking higher paying work elsewhere. Youth outmigration is compounded by the fact that Nova Scotia is home to the lowest minimum wage in the country.
Currently, the Unama’ki college in Cape Breton is the only place you can learn Mi’kmaq at a post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia. Did you know that only 8.4% of Indigenous youth know and speak their language? 
We are so excited about this new ask , which is in line with the Federation’s ReconciliACTION campaign. Post-secondary education institutions must become places of cultural preservation and reclamation.
Students’ unions are crucial democratic organizations in our society and provide representation and essential services like health and dental plans, transit passes, academic support and advocacy and so much more. Unlike in BC or Quebec, students unions in Nova Scotia currently have no protections. 
We need legislation that recognizes the autonomy and the critical role student unions play.
Access to education is more than eliminating financial barriers. 
In addition to paying more in tuition fees, International students in Nova Scotia still don’t have access to health care coverage from Day 1. We are also increasingly concerned about practices of predatory recruitment, where students are being mislead about what to expect studying in Nova Scotia by third party recruiting companies, an issue that needs urgent action.

Students have been critical in changing the discourse about sexualized violence on campus, however the situation on the ground remains unchanged. The issue of sexual violence doesn’t happen in a silo – students are calling for increased funding to community services, and the creation of supports on campus.


Just Recovery for Students: 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything. It has created an economic, health, and social crisis, and contributed to hardship for all Nova Scotians. Students are joining together to present a vision for a just recovery for post-secondary education in Nova Scotia.

Stand up for Students: 2019

In Nova Scotia tuition fees are the second highest in Canada, at an average of $8,153 for the 2018-19 academic year, compared to a national average of $6,838. Accessing an education—increasingly essential to securing a good job and grows the province’s economy has shifted from a public good to a personal investment that is ac- companied by life-impacting debt. Read more on student demands in this January 2019 lobby document. 

Education Justice: 2018

The Federation’s 2018 report explains that efforts to eradicate social inequality in our society are intimately linked to the fight for a fully publicly-funded, accessible post-secondary education system.

HRM: A City for Students: 2017

Post-secondary students are vital to the economic stability and cultural vibrancy of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). The six high-quality post-secondary institutions paired with the unique city landscape have made the HRM a hub for student activity, and students currently represent 1 in every 13 Haligonians.

Investing in the Future: 2017

Nova Scotia’s post-secondary education system is vital to the social and economic wellbeing of our province.The ten universities and one community college that make up this system are key to ensuring individuals can access the skills and training they need to participate in a rapidly changing economy.

Working Towards Consent Culture: 2017

A significant barrier to accessing and succeeding in college and university is the prevalence of sexual violence on campus, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Young women aged 15 to 24 experience higher instances of sexual violence in Canada than any other age group, with the rates of sexual assault experienced by this age group being 18 times higher than that of Canadians 55 and older.

Charting a New Course: 2015

Nova Scotia’s post-secondary education system, suffering from million of dollars in pub- lic funding cuts and an ever-in- creasing reliance on tuition fees, is heading in the wrong direction.

Face the Future: 2014

Pursuing a post-secondary education has become increasingly essential to Nova Scotians across the province. With 70% of new jobs being created in our economy requiring some form of post-secondary degree, our universities and colleges play an increasingly central role in the prosperity of Nova Scotia and its citizens.

Public Opinion Polling

Public Support for Public Education: 2018

This brief illustrates Nova Scotians’ consistent support for a high quality, well funded post- secondary education system over 10 years and three different governments.

Building for the Future: 2014

This brief provides an excellent opportunity for the incoming Liberal government to improve post-secondary education in Nova Scotia. It lays out a clear mandate to reverse the dam- age done by government underfund- ing to our universities, and to finally deliver accessible higher education to students and their families.

Public Opinion on Post-Secondary Education: 2010

More Nova Scotians are concerned about the affordability of post-secondary education than taxation, unemployment, and crime.

Post Secondary Education & Public Opinion: 2007

Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers, Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3912, Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union.

Reports and Fact Sheets

Campus Toolkit for Creating Consent Culture

Students have the power to build a strong consent culture on and beyond our campuses. This Campus Toolkit for Creating Consent Culture is part of our ongoing commitment to end sexual and gender-based violence on campus. Complementing the No Means No and Consent is Mandatory campaigns, this toolkit was created to support ongoing campus-based work at students’ unions and gender resource centres.

MOU Membership Advisory: 2019

The first 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the province and the universities was signed on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement signed between the provincial government and CONSUP – the Council of Nova Scotia University President’s that dictates university funding, tuition fees, amongst other things.

MOU Fact Sheet: 2018

Despite being a cornerstone of our communities there has been no vision or policy for access to post-secondary education. Since the 1990’s, average undergraduate tuition fees in Nova Scotia have increased by 272%

Little Spending, No Vision: 2017

On Thursday, April 27 2017, Nova Scotia’s Liberal government tabled the fourth and possibly last budget of its mandate. This budget contains little spending on supports for students and youth, and no vision to end the student debt crisis in Nova Scotia. 

Reject the Reset: 2016

In the 2015-2016 provincial bud- get, the McNeil government lifted the three per cent cap on annual tuition increases for universities in Nova Scotia. This tuition fee reset allows university adminis- trations to hike students’ fees by an unlimited amount for an un- defined period of time.

Consent Culture Forum Report: 2016

Students have been using the No Means No campaign to challenge rape culture and combat sexualized violence on university and college campuses for over 20 years. Today, students continue to work tirelessly to support survivors, educate campus communities, and advocate for better support services from university and government decision makers.

Budget Submissions

Pre-Budget Submission: 2017

Tuition fees in Nova Scotia are the second highest in Canada, at $7,218 for the 2016-17 academic year, compared to a national average of $6,373.1 This figure marks a 5.6% increase since 2015-16, compared to 2.8% nationally, a rate 7 times that of inflation.

Pre-Budget Submission: 2016

High levels of student debt are an impediment to Nova Scotia’s economic growth. Re- lying on debt to finance educa- tion means the full impact of high tuition fees is delayed un- til after graduation, as indebted graduates have less available funds with which to begin their lives.

Pre-budget Submission: 2015

Improving access to post-secondary education must be at the forefront of encouraging our young people to stay and build a life in Nova Scotia. Over the past 25 years, Nova Scotia has consistently been the least accessible province in which to pursue a post- secondary education.

Pre-Budget Submission: 2014

Nova Scotia’s universities and community colleges (NSCC) play a vital role in the provincial economy. Every year they contribute $1.2 billion to provincial GDP, create both directly and indirectly 18500 jobs, and pay $220 million in taxes to the provincial government. But behind these impressive figures are a set of deep and growing problems, ones that can easily be solved if we opt to fund our universities and colleges, not just more generously, but more intelligently too.

Standing Resolutions

Constitution & Bylaws


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