Current Local and Provincial Campaigns
Local and Provincial Campaign Victories
Comox Valley Campus Parking Fees
After NIC implemented parking fees on the Comox Valley campus in the Fall of 2016, NISU worked hard with members to make sure student voices and concerns were heard by the college. Thanks to the continued lobbying of students, on September 28, 2017 the NIC Board of Governors voted to discontinue paid parking!
Don't Close the Doors
In collaboration with BCFS member locals across the province, NISU actively campaigned for the reinstatement of funding for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning. As a whole, BCFS member locals made over 30 presentations to governments, received 23 city council endorsements, and signed over 10,000 postcards and petitions. On August 8, 2017, the BC provincial government announced the reinstatement of funding for ABE and ELL.
Fight for $15
NISU joined the provincial campaign in the call for a $15 minimum wage by distributing information to its members and encouraging students and the community to sign petitions. NISU staff and elected representatives also gave several presentations to government committees. In February 2018, the BC provincial government announced that the minimum wage would see incremental increases over the following years, reaching $15 an hour by 2021.
Squash the Squeeze
Squash the Squeeze was a provincial campaign of the BC Federation of Students that focused directly on funding cuts by the provincial government affecting Post-Secondary education. On August 1, 2017, the BC provincial government cut the student loan interest rate 2.5% to prime and committed to completely eliminate interest on student loans in the future.
Students are Voting
After a successful campaign getting students out to the polls in the 2015 Federal election, BCFS member locals resolved to gather pledges from students to get out and vote and make sure that post-secondary education issues were important topics in the 2015 BC provincial election. Turnout for voters under the age of 45 rose from 45.1% in 2013 to 51.7% in 2017!
Water Bottle Filling Stations
In September 2011, members of the North Island Students’ Union began lobbying the college for a commitment to make a progressive and sustainable change. The result was a commitment to install public water bottle filling stations at NIC campuses and centers.