Controversies at student unions across Canada raise questions of oversight, transparency

August 7, 2019

Allegations of mismanagement and several high-profile scandals involving student unions across Canada have raised questions about whether these associations need more oversight, writes Salma Mahgoub. Sam Schroeder, the advocacy commissioner of the newly formed University of Ottawa Students’ Union, notes that the lack of oversight or enforcement can sometimes come from a culture of impunity that surrounds some student associations. The author notes that students’ trust in their unions is more important now than ever, especially in Ontario, where students will have the ability to opt out of paying fees to their student unions this fall. University Affairs