Update from the President – March 19, 2020

The Students’ Union, alongside our partners at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) remains committed to advocating for students’ financial well-being.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a six-month interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans as part of the country’s economic stimulus package in light of COVID-19. This announcement comes after OUSA released a letter calling on the federal government to implement this necessary measure. OUSA commends the federal government for taking quick action to address the challenges Canadian post-secondary graduates will face in making Canada Student Loan repayments as a result of the income barriers that COVID-19 presents.

OUSA also called on the Government of Ontario to implement an interest-free moratorium on the provincial portion of OSAP loans. We are optimistic they will take similar measures to support students and graduates who face additional barriers to making OSAP payments during this difficult time.
As mentioned in earlier updates, the Students’ Union will continue its advocacy efforts with a focus on online communications. The Students Rights Advisory Committee (SRAC) continues to be accessible over email for any landlord-tenant disputes or academic appeal information.

For ongoing updates from the university, please visit Laurier’s novel coronavirus website. Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns you have to coronavirusquestions@wlu.ca

The Students’ Union will continue to adapt and find ways to provide support to our students during all this uncertainty, and we encourage you to check out our Tips to Study & Thrive at Home as we help navigate this new space of online life. Every day we will be posting a new tip to help with schoolwork or being at home and it is our hope that this will help you in some way.

Lastly, I would like to share a technique I felt might be of value of you; AnxietyUK suggests practicing the “Apple” technique to deal with anxiety and worries: