Student leaders cry out for support in federal budget, wary of long-term pandemic consequences

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‘A real opportunity’ to bolster post-secondary funding, says economist For Osob Mohamed, finishing her final semester at Simon Fraser University is bittersweet. Despite feeling the accomplishment of completing her health sciences degree, she’s apprehensive what’s next for her during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is feeling a little more bleak, I think, than anything,” said the Surrey, B.C., resident. “It definitely isn’t what I imagined it would be … particularly now looking at the job market and thinking about what my next steps and my prospects are.” The coronavirus pandemic has dealt multiple blows to Canadian post-secondary students, altering their schooling and drastically affecting their job options. Student leaders and policy experts are calling for them to get more help in next week’s federal budget, wary of long-term consequences if they are not supported.

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