Established in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is the largest national student association in Canada. The Federation unites more than 650,000 college, undergraduate, graduate, part-time and international students from coast to coast.


Individual students at colleges and universities across the country become members of the Canadian Federation of Students through a campus-wide vote. To start this process on your campus, contact us today.

All major decisions are made at twice-yearly national and provincial general meetings. Each member students’ union has an eaqual say in setting the policies, direction and priorities of the Federation with the principle of ‘one member, one vote’. Every motion submitted to a general meeting gets debated by all member students’ unions in attendance at plenary.

Motions are referred to the following four (4) sub-committees for more in-depth analysis: Budget Committee, Organizational and Services Development Committee, Policy Review Committee and the Campaigns and Government Relations Forum. Motions are also examined and discussed from a diversity of student perspectives. The Canadian Federation of Students is the only student organization in Canada with the following constituency groups: racialized students, students with disabilities, Francophone students, International students, part-time and mature students, queer and trans students, student artists and women students. The following Caucus groups will review motions that are relevant to them: College and Institute Associations, Large Instiute Associations, Small University Associations, National Graduate Caucus and the Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students. Lastly, member students’ unions gather by province or region to discuss motions from the perspective of students in their geographic area.

A National Executive is elected by member students’ unions at the national general meetings to execute and implement all Federation decisions.