I have to work a second job (at the university) to make ends meet. This severely cuts into my PhD work and has delayed my studies.
If graduate funding was CAD $35,000/yr for all students, how would that change your life? I would likely still need a second job but much less so (I live in Toronto). It would allow 20 more hours a week to focus on my PhD studies.
Additional comments: The studentship levels - and tuition - for graduate students in Canada is a travesty. Why am I charged tuition by the university when I no longer (in 4th year) take any lectures? As I am based in a research institute in a hospital, my supervisor isn't even paid by the university and I use none of their facilities.