Special Campaigns

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The GSS strives to promote and advocate for the rights of graduate students to our University and to the government. Along with our regular work, we campaign to raise important issues, inform graduate students, and provide a platform to have the voices of graduate students heard.

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Starting on September 10, Canadians will be heading to the polls to decide the future of their country. It is time we take the lead in calling on the parties seeking election to listen to the concerns of graduate students.

This federal election, we have a unique voice as one of the largest voting blocks in Canada. Let’s use that influence and vote in this year’s federal election. Make your voice heard through your vote.

Does voting really make a difference?

Yes, it does! Elections determine who is going to lead Canada for the coming years, but it also has a direct impact on your quality of life (think student financial aid, housing affordability, climate action, infrastructure projects – like the Skytrain-to-UBC, and so much more).

What are the AMS & GSS doing at this election?

Vancouver-Quadra Candidates Debate
Sept 8, 7:30pm-9pm, Lev Burkhman Lounge, 3rd floor of the Nest
In-person + livestream

National Leaders Debate Watch Party
Sept 9, 6pm, Lower Atrium of the Nest

Information Booth
Sept 10-20, in and outside the NEST
Feel free to come up to us and ask any elections-related questions! Free elections swags!

Follow GSS Events and our Facebook page to stay up to date with the upcoming events, and share your voice this election.

Useful Links:

You can access more information regarding the election through the Elections Canada website at: https://www.elections.ca/

How to Vote

Students and young adults make up the largest block of voters in Canada. This federal election, vote for the things that matter to you! It’s easy to vote. let us show you how.

How to register to vote?

You’ll need three things to vote:

  1. Voter registration card
  2. Your ID
  3. Your proof of address (you’ll need this if you are using an ID with no address or if you plan to vote in a riding that is not affiliated with your permanent address like voting in UBC’s riding ).
    • If you live in a student residence managed by Student Housing and Community Services, beginning September 5, you can go to your front desk and ask for a proof of residence form.

When do I vote?

The first step in the voting process is making sure you’re eligible to vote. You must be:

  1. A Canadian citizen
  2. At least 18 years old on election day (September 20), and
  3. Able to prove your identity and address

Election day voting: September 20th (AMS Student NEST) or your riding.

How do I register to vote?

It’s super simple! There’s a couple ways you can register – whether it’s in advance or registering at the polls. Yes, you can even register at the poll right before you vote!

Make your voice heard in this upcoming federal election on Sept. 20!Reading through all the parties’ platform to decide on who to vote for can be a daunting task. For your quick reference, the GSS has compiled key platform points of the four major parties running in BC:


  •  Childcare
    • $10/day childcare
  • Housing
    • Promote home ownership for middle class
    • Build 1.4M new homes
  • Healthcare
    • 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers
    • Publicly accessible mental health care
  • Climate change
    • Establish green jobs
    • Ensure oil and gas sector is net-zero by 2050
    • End plastic waste by 2030
  • Reconciliation
    • Confront the legacy of residential schools
    • End water advisories on reserves
    • Establish an Indigenous Urban, Rural, and Northern Housing Strategy
    • Protect Indigenous children and families
  • COVID-19 Protection
    • Mandatory vaccines on travel vessels including planes and trains, as well as within the federal public service
    • Better ventilation in public indoor spaces (schools, businesses and ventilation)
    • Booster vaccine shots
  • Economic Recovery
    • Improved employment insurance
    • Boost innovation and research in Canada
    • Promote diversity in the workforce
    • Equitable distribution of tax


  • Affordability
    • Universal pharmacare
    • Affordable housing – building 500,000 units of affordable housing
    • Accessible post-secondary education – (forgiving up to $20,000 in student debt)
    • Affordable internet and cellphone service
    • Investment in improved public services
  • Economic Recovery/Building Back Better
    • $10/day childcare
    • Comprehensive employment insurance that meets people where they are at
    • Supporting small businesses
    • Fair trade economies
    • Equitable distribution of taxes (tax the rich higher)
  • Climate Change
    • Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies for big polluters
    • Transition jobs to cater to the low-carbon economy
    • Investing in green infrastructure
  • Improving equality in Canadian society
    • Gender equity
    • LGBTQI2S + Rights
    • Confronting racism
    • Enhancing justice system
    • Voting reform
  • Reconciliation
    • NDP will work with Indigenous peoples to create a National Action Plan for Reconciliation
    • Respect Inuit self-determination and Metis self-determination


  • Jobs
    • Target those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic (women)
    • Incentives to rebuild small businesses
  • Mental Health
    • Increase funding across the country for mental health care
    • Promote employers to cover mental health care
    • Suicide prevention hot line
  • Country
    • Increase vaccine research
    • Partner with vaccine suppliers
    • Enhance scientific understanding of transmission
  • Economy
    • “wind down emergency COVID support programs in a responsible way
    • Stimulus packages = time limited to avoid creating deficits
    • Grow the economy
  • Environment
    • Low Carbon savings account
    • More Zero emissions vehicles
    • Lower emissions (meet Paris targets)


  • Green Future
    • Transition to a green future by ending extraction of fossil fuels and achieving net zero emissions
    • Ensure the transition to workers in the energy and fossil fuel field experience a just transition
      • “Just Transition Act” to be in place before the end of 2021
    • Green regulation with carbon taxes
    • Invest in green infrastructure
    • Invest in Green transportation
    • Environmental justice
    • Conserve and restore natural ecosystems
    • Green innovation
  • Life with Dignity
    • Support for renters – moratorium on evictions
    • Investment in affordable, non-profit, co-operative and supportive housing
    • Housing access for Indigenous Peoples
    • Address youth homelessness
    • Guaranteed livable income
    • Expanding universal programs including post-secondary education, pharmacare, dental care, and childcare
    • Long-term care reform
    • De-criminalization of drugs
    • Expanded and improved mental health support
    • Preparation for future pandemics
    • Seniors’ resources
    • Improve access to health resources
  • Just Society
    • Reconciliation
      • Nation-to-Nation relationships with Indigenous Peoples
    • Dismantling systemic discrimination in public institutions
    • Addressing systemic racism and discrimination in immigration and refugee services
    • Advance LGBTQ12+ Rights
    • Advance Gender Equality
    • Foreign skills recognition
    • Alter current pathways to permanent residency and citizenship
    • Democratic reform
    • Impose equitable taxation

People’s Party of Canada (PPC)

  • Climate Action:

    • Stop sending money to developing countries to help reduce their emissions
    • Withdraw from the Paris Accord
    • Abolish carbon tax and leave it to the provincial governments to choose whether to include one

    Economic Recovery:

    • Eliminate all corporate subsidies and inefficient government interventions that unfairly support some businesses or sectors
    • Reduce corporate income tax from 15% to 10%
    • Slowly eliminate the capital gains tax by reducing the inclusion rate from 50% to 0%


    • Respect – replace the Indian Act; reaffirm the federal government’s power to approve natural resource and infrastructure projects after adequate consultation with Indigenous peoples;
    • Freedom – individual property rights on reserves
    • Fairness – ownership of services they receive
    • Responsibility – review federal spending on Indigenous issues

    COVID Policy:

    • Oppose vaccine mandate, vaccine passports, and other authoritarian measures imposed by the provincial governments

    Canadian Identity:

    • Repeal the Multiculturalism Act and eliminate all funding promoting multiculturalism
    • Substantially reduce the number of refugees and immigrants from 350,000 per year to between 150,000 and 100,000

Disclaimer: For references only. The GSS does not endorse any political party. The documentation published by each party is deemed as their official platform.


Past Campaigns

On October 21, 2019, Canada goes to the polls in 338 ridings across the country, in its 43rd House of Commons Elections. With young people, between the age of 18 to 38 years, making the largest voting block in the country making up 37% of all voters, it is necessary that they are dually informed towards their voting duty, helping decide the future based on the policies and agendas that resonate with them.

Through September and October 2019, Graduate Student Society will be running a campus wide, non-partisan, election campaign to encourage students to vote wisely for their future. We will be educating UBC students regarding the policies and agendas of all political parties, process of registering votes and other important measures leading to the election day.

Get involved through a number of events we have planned for students which include opportunities for students to:

  • Meet Vancouver Quadra Candidates in an informal setting
  • Pledge for election mandates that match your concerns
  • Join our social media Time to be Bold at the Polls Campaign
  • Engage in political conversations with experts

…as well as many others in upcoming events till the election date (Oct. 21, 2019).

Follow GSS Events and our Facebook page to stay up to date with the upcoming events, and share your voice this election.You can access more information regarding the election through the Elections Canada website at:


On September 27th, the GSS joined students of UBC, along with the rest of Vancouver, in the Global Climate Strike movement by walking out of their classrooms and work places, to demand action and attention towards climate.

We, as the Graduate Student Society, aim to be a part of this movement along with the rest of the University, to draw attention and show power to this crucial environmental, social and economic crisis, not only affecting us directly, but destroying the future of our coming generations. We invite graduate students from across campus to join us in protest to demand urgent and decisive action leading up to the Federal Elections. We also call upon all political parties to make climate justice forefront of their agenda and commit to making Canada a leader in the international climate policies.

The GSS also endorses the open letter sent to UBC, calling on the University to take a leadership role in climate policy.

Study Room, Thea Koerner House, UBC

GSS Loft, Rm. 4202 of AMS Student Nest, UBC

Leon’s Lounge, Thea Koerner House, UBC

Thea’s Lounge, Thea Koerner House, UBC

Penthouse, Thea Koerner House, UBC