Notice of Referendum: GE 2019

January 28, 2019  |   Found in Elections

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to vote YES or NO on this referendum question on March 5, 6, and 7 via online ballot.

Volunteer Services Referendum Question

Sponsoring group: The Students’ Union

Background: In 1991, University of Calgary students voted to create a dedicated fee to support the operations of Volunteer Services. This fee remains at its original level and is one of the lowest fees students pay at the University of Calgary. It is also one of the lowest fees for these types of services compared to other Canadian institutions. Due to inflation and service expansions since 1991, the student fee accounts for roughly only 19% of the annual total operating expense. Over 400 undergraduate students a year participate in 11 diverse volunteer opportunities with Volunteer Services, including the Info Centre/Lost and Found, the SU Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity and the SU Campus Food Bank, all of which can be included on the University of Calgary Co-curricular Record. A modest fee increase will result in an additional $30,000 in funding and help make Volunteer Services more financially sustainable. Without increasing the fee, Volunteer Services will continue to struggle in maintaining these needed services, with the hardest hit program being the SU Campus Food Bank which relies heavily on donations and fees.

Therefore: Are you in support of a Volunteer Services Fee increase of $0.75 for full time students and $0.50 for part time students, as outlined in the table below, beginning in the Fall 2019 term?



More information about Volunteer Services can be found here. Up to date General Election information can be found on the 2019 General Election page.