How can I help?

OPIRG-Ottawa volunteers include students, University staff, and a wide variety of community members who enjoy gardening, information tabling, translating, helping with OPIRG’s Resource Centre or sitting on OPIRG’s board of directors.  Many others volunteer with OPIRG’s various action groups or research projects.  For more information, please email  Ronda@opirg-gripo.ca or call OPIRG at 613-562-5800 (extension 4365).

Who are the members of OPIRG?

Groups who are organizing events related to social, environmental or economic justice can request various forms of assistance from OPIRG-Ottawa, including endorsement, promotion, co-sponsorship or funding.  Send the OPIRG board a description of your group and your event and let us know how OPIRG can help.  If you are requesting funding, please provide a list of your anticipated expenses, how the expenses will be covered and how we can contact you for more information.  Please email the OPIRG Board at opirgripo.board@gmail.com.

How to make a proposal to the OPIRG Board?

OPIRG members in good standing can vote at the Annual General Meeting and can also run for election to the OPIRG board.  Candidates must also sign an agreement to respect OPIRG’s mandate.  Registration for a community membership in OPIRG must be completed at least 30 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote.

OPIRG-Ottawa is an independent organization whose funding is secured by student referenda of both the Student Federation (SFUO) and the Graduate Students Association (GSAED).  OPIRG is managed by its own elected board of directors, most of whom are uOttawa students.

All undergraduate students and all full-time students of the University of Ottawa, with the exception of Special Students and students who have been given a refund of their OPIRG contribution, are members of OPIRG-Ottawa.  Others can purchase a community membership for $5 to $10, based upon their ability to pay.  OPIRG members in good standing can borrow OPIRG’s books and documentary films and participate in the OPIRG board elections by voting and/or running for a board position.  In order to be eligible to vote in OPIRG board elections, registration for a community membership in OPIRG must be completed at least 30 days before the election.

OPIRG-Ottawa supports a variety of campus-based volunteer groups whose initiatives contribute to social, economic or environmental justice. The Board of Directors reviews the applications and approves the ones which best reflect OPIRG’s mandate.

If a student does not wish to contribute to OPIRG’s work, they can request a refund of their $3.89 contribution (or $2.50 for graduate students).  To obtain a refund cheque, you must bring your valid student card as well as your university registration and proof of payment for the current semester. The refund periods are normally held in November, March and August.  Please contact OPIRG to confirm the exact dates and times.