The Ontario Graduate Caucus (OGC) unites more than 50,000 graduate students in Ontario. It is comprised of individual members and member local associations within the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario who have a common interest and concern with graduate student issues. The Caucus provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between graduate students and member local associations in order to promote the interests of graduate students to the provincial government and other external authorities whose jurisdiction affects graduate student affairs. Graduate students also join together with over 300,000 students across the province to lobby on issues of concern to all students such as tuition fees, student debt, research and core funding to post-secondary institutions.
The OGC meets twice a year in conjunction with the Ontario Annual General Meeting and Ontario Semi-Annual General Meeting to discuss issues prevalent to graduate students. At this time, the Caucus collectively reviews matters that affect students on member locals’ campuses, as well as campaigns and policies that may be implemented within the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
The OGC also works alongside and as part of the National Graduate Caucus, which represents graduate students from across Canada.
Every year, the Caucus elects two representatives who act as spokespersons for the group.
The Caucus currently has two executive position, one of which also sits on the Ontario Executive Committee:
Ontario Graduate Caucus Chairperson: Mina Rajabi Paak
Ontario Graduate Caucus Deputy Chairperson: Jenna Amirault
The aims and purposes of the caucus are:
a) to promote the interests of its member graduate constituencies to the provincial government and all other external authorities whose jurisdiction affects graduate student affairs; and
b) to act as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between Ontario member associations