A United Student Voice for Positive Change
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Affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Students, the CFS-British Columbia was founded in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice in BC. At the time, students recognized that to be truly effective in influencing the government, it was vital to unite under one banner.
Tuition fee levels, student financial assistance programs and institutional funding are all set directly or indirectly by both levels of government. Thus, it is vital that students collectively organize at both the provincial and national levels to ensure that students' rights and concerns are heard.
The Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia unites college and university students from 16 students' unions in every region of BC.
Strength in Numbers
No individual students' union, no matter how big or active, has the resources or the political clout to effectively influence the post-secondary education policies of the provincial and federal governments on its own.
At best, an individual students' union could have an impact on only a few electoral ridings.
Governments ignore groups that pose no political threat to them. It is also much more cost effective for a large number of students' unions to pool their resources and work in partnership than for each to undertake this work on its own.
The Federation serves this purpose, giving campus students' unions across the province a united and principled voice.