We’re Fighting to Have Your Voice Heard
by IGNITE | January 18, 2019

A Message from Your President

As a not-for-profit organization that has represented and served a diverse community of Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students for over twenty years, we are devastated by the announcement made by the Ontario government regarding making student fees optional.

What you may not know is that these fees are how IGNITE receives funding, which in turn goes right back to you, our students, through all of the services, leadership opportunities, events and clubs we provide to you.

The Premier and his government fail to recognize that over 31,000 students use resources like IGNITE not simply to better their experience on campus, but as a lifeline.

Here are some of the facts:

  • Over 28,000 students are covered under our health & dental insurance plan
  • This year alone, IGNITE provided $412,000 in bursaries to 550 students in financial need
  • Almost 700 students use our tax clinic to have their income taxes filed for free, instead of paying for the service through a third party vendor
  • We have served over 4200 healthy lunches to students since Fall 2018 through our pay-what-you-can soup bar
  • We dedicate $50,000 each year to our Financial Relief Program, which directly helps students going through emergency situations such as:
    • Homelessness
    • Abusive relationships
    • Unlawful tenant eviction
  • We provided over 9,000 complimentary emergency menstrual kits to students
  • Over 100 students are employed through IGNITE who are getting real-life working experience and building their skills for the workforce
  • We advocate for real change on campus
    • We secured UofGH students a Fall Reading Week this year and Humber students a Fall Reading Week next year
    • Improving accessibility on campus
    • Providing students with guidance on how they can address issues in their educational experience
    • Pushing back on the government on issues that impact you

This move by the government is silencing students that need IGNITE and what we offer the most. By not having student unions, you no longer have a voice.

What we want you to know is that we are here for you. We will continue to fight for you to ensure that none of our resources are taken away from you.  

We will be working with Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber to minimize the impact that this may have on you. In addition, we will be putting a letter forward to Doug Ford and his government to educate them on how important these services are to you both on and off campus.

However, we need your help.

We encourage each of you to reach out to Premier Ford and let him know how these services and programs impact your life. You can tweet him at @fordnation.

The conversation doesn’t have to end here.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you,

Monica Khosla
President, IGNITE