Court Affirms that Student Unions are Private Corporations Not Subject to Administrative Law Principles
- Posted by Jennifer Saville
- On February 26, 2018
Alexi Wood and Jennifer Saville successfully represent the Ryerson Students’ Union and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union in decisions that confirm the right of student unions to pass and implement their own policies. After hearing oral argument, the Court dismissed the applications, finding that public law did not apply. The Court affirmed that, as private corporations, the student unions did not have the public stature or credentials that would expose them to the scrutiny of the principles of administrative law, and their activities are not subject to compliance with the Charter, which the Court held was not breached in any event. The Court went on to confirm that the applicants had no right nor entitlement to official Student Group status, which is a discretionary matter for the student unions to decide in accordance with their published policies and procedures.