Student Groups Took On Doug Ford's 'Student Choice Initiative' - And Won - 2019-11-22
TORONTO — An Ontario court has struck down a provincial government order that made some post-secondary student fees optional.
The Canadian Federation of Students and York Federation of Students filed a legal challenge, arguing the move was a politically motivated attack on student unions and services that threatened university independence.
The government contended that students should have more choice as to which campus services they support. In its unanimous ruling, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Divisional Court said the government's decision to enact the policy was beyond its legislative authority. "Requiring that universities allow students to opt out of student association fees and other 'non-essential' services is inconsistent with the universities' autonomous governance," a panel of justices said in the ruling released on Thursday. The Canadian Federation of Students and the York Federation of Students said they would hold a joint news conference Friday to respond to the ruling. Watch: Ontario high school students are taking politics to TikTok. Story continues after video.