To bring together and build upon a broad-based community dedicated to social, economic and environmental justice. OPIRG – is concerned with the contribution that students, the university and the community can make towards social change.


Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) have existed throughout Ontario, across Canada, and all over the U.S. since their foundation by Ralph Nader in 1971. Our lovely PIRG at the University of Ottawa was founded by a student referendum on November 10, 1977 with support from over 75% of student voters. An office space was established and OPIRG Ottawa opened its doors officially in the Fall of 1978. The Resource Centre was established in 1980, and theResearch Program was launched in 2012.

Since our foundation, we have addressed issues of public concern such as tuition fees, environmental justice, social justice, war and occupation, sexism, racism, Indigenous sovereignty, and more through events like movie nights, guest speakers, forums, debates, clothing swaps, fair trade cafés, and information tables. We have supported the work of dozens of action groups on these and other issues throughout the years. As we are a non-partisan group, unaffiliated with any political party, we have focused on awareness, education and action for positive change.


Part of the uOttawa community since 1978.
Impliqué dans la communauté de l'UOttawa depuis 1978

85 University 215 D University Centre /
85, rue Université 215 D au Centre Universitaire.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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