Lakehead University Student Union cutting programs due to loss of funding – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201910 Views

Province’s Student Choice Initiative gives students ability to opt-out of paying fees deemed non-essential

The Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) is cutting programs and staff due to students opting-out of paying fees deemed non-essential.

The province’s Student Choice Initiative came into effect this year, and gave students at Ontario’s post-secondary institutions the ability to opt-out of certain fees. In the case of LUSU, that’s resulted in a loss of about 65 per cent of its budget, which, in previous years, was about $5 million.

Masoud Manzouri, LUSU president, said the student union runs six student centres on the Thunder Bay campus: the Multicultural Centre, food bank, Aboriginal Awareness Centre, Pride Central, Gender Equity Centre, and the Sustainability Initiative.

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