Class B Membership (General Member)
Class B Members can be any secondary student (including CÉGEP) from any region of Canada. By joining as a Class B Member, you affirm that we represent you as a student interested in advocating for better public education across the country and allow us to speak on your behalf in times of educational disruption, such as in labour negotiations.
For example, if there were a labour disruption involving teachers in your province or territory, we would help advocate for students and present a united message to stakeholders involved in the labour dispute. This helps ensure that the student voice is heard when it is most critical. Think of it like an alliance of students in your province speaking as one with a common message that seeks to ensure that students are not forgotten during disruptions to normal education.
You will also be able to participate in Member-only consultations and discussions to help shape the future of student voice and get insider information on new developments in education before anyone else. We will also share opportunities to get involved in governmental consultations on education in your province or territory, such as when a new curriculum is under review.
Applications open 1 August 2017 to 1 April 2018 (inclusive). Acceptances are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.
+ Class A Members vs Class B Members
The terminology may seem confusing but it's actually pretty simple!
Class A Members are Executives or Ambassadors who are involved with the FCSS-FESC in different areas such as communications, operations, finances, or design. They serve as volunteers for one full year to help further student voice and provide supplementary services to students across Canada.
Class B Members are neither Executives nor Ambassadors. They are students from across Canada who are interested in student voice and may not want to make a year-long commitment. By becoming a Class B Member, students can participate in online consultations whenever they have time and will still have the full support of the FCSS-FESC in instances of a labour disruption in their province or territory.
+ Membership Dues
Only Class A Members are required to submit payment of Membership Dues. For the 2017/18 year, Membership Dues are set at CA$15.00 for a full academic year (both semesters) or CA$8.00 for half of one academic year (for only one semester).
Membership Dues are tax deductible and charitable receipts are issued for the payment of Membership Dues. Tax receipts can be used either by the Member themselves or by a parent/guardian to reduce taxes owed to the Canada Revenue Agency.
Exemptions are available for prospective Members who are experiencing financial need. See Policy 5001 for more information on requesting a waiver.
For more information, see this Primer for Students and Parents on Membership Dues.