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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get involved?

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Who are the members of OPIRG?

If you are a student enrolled at the University of Ottawa, you are a member of OPIRG. If you are a registered community member, you are a member of OPIRG.

Where does OPIRG receive funding?

OPIRG-Ottawa is an independent organization whose funding is secured by student referenda of both the Student Union and the Graduate Students Association.

Who are OPIRG board members?

OPIRG board members are volunteers that consist mainly of uOttawa students and sometimes, community members.

Who can vote and run to be a board member?

All members in good-standing can vote in OPIRG elections and be nominated for a seat on the Board of Directors.

Can I make a proposal to OPIRG?

Groups or individuals 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 and/or funding.

How can I opt-out of the OPIRG levy and receive a membership reimbursement?

If a member does not wish to contribute to OPIRG’s mandate, they can request a refund of their semesterly contribution by sending an email to  The refund periods are typically held in November, March and August of each year, but are dependent on when student levies are transferred by the University of Ottawa.

Does OPIRG have regular audits?

As an incorporated Ontario non-profit organization, OPIRG is required to have annual independent financial audits. Annual audits are presented during the OPIRG Annual General Meeting and can be found in our Annual Reports.