2018 Referendum

In addition to the presidential election, a referendum concerning the fee paid by full-time undergraduate students to the McMaster chapter of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) was held. The referendum results are as follows:


Beginning in September 2018, full-time undergraduate students will contribute $5.50 to the McMaster chapter of OPIRG.


2018 Referendum: 


The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) is a resource centre that is committed to work in the area of social justice and environmental action. It is comprised of student, community volunteers, and staff. Currently, full-time undergraduate students pay $8.07 each, increasing annually by a factor equal to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to McMaster’s OPIRG chapter.
On November 26th, 2017, the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) voted in favour of putting this fee to a referendum. The SRA has created three choices for students. These choices are listed below. Please rank your choices in order of your preference, with #1 being your most preferred choice, #2 your second choice and #3 your least preferred option.
The SRA formally endorses reducing the fee to $5.50 per student, per year.
Which option would you like to see McMaster students contribute to the McMaster chapter of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)?
i.       No contribution - eliminate the $8.07 + CPI fee
ii.     Reduce the fee to $5.50 per student, per year
Iii.     Keep contributing the fee at $8.07 increasing annually by CPI, with an option to opt-out.
What is OPIRG? Check out their website for more information: https://www.opirgmcmaster.org/
*Please note a change in the 2018 Referendum Rules Regarding 5.7.See below:


5.7. Posters displayed at any one time shall be limited to a total of 200 per candidate. Posters must not exceed 11 x 17 inches.


Please ensure you have the official 2018 Referendum Rules 


Referendum nominations are now open, and will remain open until Thursday Janurary 11, 2018 at 5 pm. 


Nomination packages can be found in the MSU office (MUSC 201), and are also available below. All campaign sides registration forms and payment must be handed in to MUSC 201 before the deadline.


2018 Expense Form

2018 MSU Referendum Rules

2018 Referendum Campaign Team Registration Form


Complaints can be handed to the Returning Officers, MUSC 201, or e-mailed (as a PDF) to election@msu.mcmaster.ca (with title: YOUR NAME complaint against COMPLAINEE NAME) and attached evidence.

2018 MSU Elections Complaint Form

If you have any questions, please contact elections@msu.mcmaster.ca.

Contact Details

Peter Belesiotis (CRO)
905-525-9140 ex. 24118

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