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Human Resources committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Chair, honourable members, good afternoon. Thank you for allowing us to appear before you. My name is Babacar Faye and I am the president of the University of Ottawa Students' Union, UOSU. I am accompanied by my colleague, Tim Gulliver, the union's adv

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  I believe that the CESB is certainly a relief for students. When it came to the pandemic, a lot of students were not eligible for the CERB and found themselves choosing between paying for their rent or paying for food. Some of us are unemployed and looking for opportunities for t

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  Yes. When we look at the amount given per month and the wage per hour, and you compare that to the amount and the wage given for this year, which is supposed to be a living wage and a minimum wage for people and for students, having that same amount would play an important role

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  Absolutely, I think that would have an important impact. We have to ensure that is available but also that there's an equivalent or [Technical difficulty—Editor] that the amount of government aid in student loans for Canadian students is sufficient. There is a need, I believe,

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  I believe the amount, when it comes to the expenses.... If you look at the minimum wage in the province of Ontario, which is $15 per hour, compared to what CESB would give, which is about $7 per hour, you see it's half the amount. When it comes to a living wage and the expenses

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  I don't think I would be, especially considering my meetings every day. I wouldn't be able to do that.

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  Yes. In Ontario, when it comes to international students and that perception.... I have been doing research looking into the trends in Ontario, and there is a trend of reduction, first of all, in the share of government investment in post-secondary education. The reduction in t

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  I think these policies bring a certain benefit, but when it comes to the job limits and job hours, it's hard for international students to see the benefits, because of the lack of offers and the lack of jobs that are available right now in general because of the effects of the pa

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye

Human Resources committee  Essentially, the resources that international students need are more information and more access to the information they need. I'm thinking about international students who want to come to Canada and have to apply for a visa. Also, if they're coming to Canada, they should know w

June 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Babacar Faye