Dear [recipient name will go here], [recipient position will go here];
I am a post-secondary student at [submission:values:school] living in [your jurisdiction will go here] and I need your help to #CloseTheGaps surrounding Canadian post-secondary education!
I’m personally facing a serious issue around Access to Technology. In addition to my personal technology problems, access to reliable and affordable technology and broadband Internet has become integral to the post-secondary student experience in Canada. Not only is the Internet a hub for social communication and financial management, it is also a necessity for students who use it to register for courses, check syllabi, submit assignments, and access library resources. It has undoubtedly improved the accessibility of the student experience by making online courses and resources more accessible, but it’s a necessity has also imposed additional costs, and created new gaps, for students already facing systemic barriers. Along with that, the COVID-19 pandemic has enlarged these gaps by forcing hundreds of thousands of post-secondary students to study from their bedrooms, no matter where they live and with no regard to their level of access to at-home technological resources.
Because of that, I recommend that the Government of Canada do the following to #CloseTheGaps in technological and broadband access for post-secondary students:
- Accelerate investment, with immediate steps, into improving rural high-speed Internet access across Canada.
- Commit additional funding to provide appropriate digital technology to any low-income post-secondary student who needs it.
2020 has been a challenging year for all Canadians, and post-secondary students across the country know it. We have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. We are all facing unprecedented levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and social isolation, as well as a bleak job market unlikely to improve in the short-term. In addition to that, many of us are also facing persistent discrimination, non-existent child care, insufficient broadband, or confusing restrictions as we attempt to re-enter and study in Canada. These gaps are not only due to COVID-19-related challenges; this past year has also seen persistent gaps that existed prior to the pandemic exacerbated, thereby compounding the hardship many students are facing. You can read about some of the gaps my peers and I are facing here: www.closethegaps.ca/showcase
I’d also encourage you to champion the full spectrum of solutions we are proposing to #CloseTheGaps! You can find them all here: www.closethegaps.ca/thefacts
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#CloseTheGaps is a grassroots campaign seeking to highlight the many challenges faced by post-secondary students in Canada during this unprecedented year. It is powered by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), a non-partisan, not-for-profit, student organization composed of 23 student associations, representing 275,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast to coast.