The following legislative documents will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about the scope of the SU and the supporting legislation that allows the organization to achieve its goals.
Constitution Act 1867, Section 93
At the forming of the Union of Canada on March 29th, 1867, provisions were outlined within the Canadian Constitution to grant full lawmaking privileges to each province regarding education. Each Canadian province possesses their own legislation to govern post-secondary education.
Post-Secondary Learning Act
The Students’ Legislative Council (SLC) is the Students’ Union’s highest governing body. Its authority is derived from Section 95 of the Post Secondary Learning Act, S.A. 2003 c.P-195 which authorizes the Students’ Union to make bylaws and policy regarding membership, elections, governance structure, meetings, membership fees, property acquisition, management, and appointment to committees.
The SU Constitution establishes the objectives and membership of the SU. It also establishes the SLC, the Executive Cabinet, the Review Board and Tribunal as the legislative, administrative and judicial arms of the SU respectively. The Constitution also sets out the process for setting SU fees.
The Union Bylaw (March 2021)
The Union Bylaw further establishes the membership, powers, duties and objectives of the SLC and the Executive. The Union Bylaw also describes the rights and powers of SU members, including the process for members wishing to petition the SU to consider a matter.
Review Board and Tribunal
The Review Board and Tribunal are responsible for the judicial functions within the jurisdiction of the Union. Specifically, the Review Board has jurisdiction over justiciable issues of the Union, which means that students can apply to the Review Board to appeal SU decisions that they believe were unfair or in violation of the SU’s Constitution, Union Bylaw, policies, or procedures.
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