HALIFAX– Students are condemning the Government of Nova Scotia for excluding major stakeholders from the recently announced Transition Task Force. The task force will make recommendations to the government on how to effectively support student success in the workforce, post-secondary education, and training. Representatives from the Dalhousie Student Union and the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia, representing a combined 62% of university students in Nova Scotia, were shocked to hear they would not be invited to take part in the task force.
“It’s disappointing to see the task force will exclude the perspectives of Dalhousie students,” said John Hutton, Vice President Academic and External of the Dalhousie Student Union. “Considering how important our programs and graduates are in shaping the workforce here in Nova Scotia, it undermines the credibility of the task force to exclude us.”
Dalhousie University is Nova Scotia’s only degree-granting institution for health professions, agriculture, and engineering. It is also the only university in the province that is a member of the U15, a group representing the top research universities in Canada.
“We are the experts in creating the education and job opportunities best suited for students and recent graduates in Nova Scotia,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “The government needs to halt the work of this task force until all major stakeholders are given a proper seat at the table.”
In 2015, the CFS-NS made a series of recommendations to the provincial government on how to better protect young workers. These recommendations included eliminating the inexperienced minimum wage, and tracking the use of unpaid internships in Nova Scotia.