Student Legislative Council (SLC)
Your Student Legislative Council (SLC) is the SU’s highest governing body. Its authority comes from Section 95 of the Post-Secondary Learning Act, S.A. 2003 c.P-195. This Act authorizes the SLC to make bylaws and policies regarding membership, elections, governance structure, meetings, membership fees, the acquisition, management and disposition of property, appointments to committees and any other matters important to students.
The SU represents over 25,000 undergraduates and is governed by elected officials who have successfully run in an annual SU Election. These elected officials sit on the SLC and their primary purpose is to represent your interests and address your concerns.
Each year, the Students’ Union (SU) holds a general election, an opportunity for U of C undergrads to elect those students they wish to represent their interests for the following academic year (May 1st to April 30th).
Currently your SLC is made up of 23 members. Eighteen of these members are Faculty Representatives, elected by students of their specific faculty. Five members are Executives, elected by all undergrad students (students-at-large).
Visit Student Leaders for a list of your current elected representatives, roles and responsibilities and contact information.
SLC Meeting Times
Your SLC meets regularly to make decisions and address issues:
- During the spring/summer sessions (with the exception of May, when Executive are being oriented to the SU), your SLC meets every second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
- During the fall and winter sessions, your SLC meets every Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (with the exception of exam weeks).
As part of the SU’s commitment to transparency and accountability when representing your interests, all SLC meetings are open to the general public. In addition, at anytime you can review the SLC agendas and minutes on this web site.
Along with regular SLC meetings, your elected representatives are also involved in a number of SLC Committees. Throughout the year your SU is also looking for members from the general student population who may be interested in serving on a particular committee.
SLC Committees are an extension of the SLC. Through committees, specific issues, programs or topics are discussed and deliberated in depth by those who have a vested interest, before the issue proceeds to SLC. SLC committees address a broad range of issues and topics including those related to academic policy, sustainability, clubs along with financial and awards recognition programs, among others.
Each SU Committee has a terms of reference which is a type of policy passed by SLC that details the purpose of the committee, its size, membership qualifications and reporting requirements. An SLC committee functions under the SLC, and the SLC is ultimately responsible for the actions and outcomes of these committees.
For more on SLC Committees visit our committees section.
The Cabinet and Staff
Your SU Executive is the main link between the SLC and the SU staff. The SLC sets the direction of the SU and the Executive.
The SU employs approximately 47 full-time and 175 part-time staff. Staff members carry out the decisions that are made at SLC and undertake the day-to-day work of the SU as delegated by the General Manager. Management of all staff is delegated to the General Manager.
The Cabinet oversees the General Manager’s performance including the position’s responsibility for managing day-to-day SU operations (programs and services) and ensuring all operations are in alignment with the SU’s Strategic Plan. The Cabinet consists of all Executives, the Human Resources Manager (non-voting) and General Manager (non-voting).