A tiny Investment for HUGE Benefits

Your $50 annual membership in the Student Representative Council (SRC) makes you eligible for hundreds - even thousands - of dollars of benefits during the course of the school-year.

In January, the Conservative provincial government unveiled the Student Choice Initiative. It made what were previously mandatory, tacked-on-to-tuition service fees optional as of the Fall, 2019 semester.

That means that many SRC-supplied campus services and programs are no longer automatically funded. Maintaining those services will now require the support of students when they pay the optional, $50-per-year SRC Membership Fee (listed among the college’s “Non-Essential Incidental Fees”).

Student organizations at colleges and universities across Ontario - and the administrations of those institutions - contend that the services involved are actually very essential to the operation and atmosphere of their schools, and to the general well-being of students.

In the SRC’s case, the $50 membership fee will be funding such services as:

  • entertainment and awareness programming;
  • copy centre operations;
  • seed-money and special event funding of three dozen campus clubs;
  • student publications and social media communications;
  • give-aways and promotions;
  • advocacy on postsecondary issues at the provincial and federal levels;
  • consultative assistance for students’ disciplinary hearings, academic complaints and grade appeals;
  • the operation of the campus food bank;
  • services and assistance to student-parents and their families;
  • community outreach (including the support of local charities); and
  • multicultural activities ...

In short, the funding generated by the membership fee covers everything that happens at the college not pertaining strictly to academic functions.

In the SRC’s case, the drawbacks of opting-out and (in effect) cancelling one’s membership may include, for example:

  • Non-members will not be considered for any of the almost 200 part-time jobs offered in the various SRC departments;
  • Non-members cannot vote in SRC elections, run for the council’s Executive positions, or apply for its Directorships;
  • If the SRC is staging an entertainment event with free or low-cost admission, non-members may not be permitted to attend at all, or will be charged a substantial entrance fee;
  • Non-members will not qualify for any of the bursaries or scholarships funded by the SRC;
  • If a non-member is seeking to conduct a grade appeal, the SRC will provide a cursory explanation of the bureaucratic procedure, but it will not provide extensive advice or assistance through the complicated and weeks-long process;
  • Regular or occasional discounts may be offered to members at on-campus food services and/or in conjunction with off-campus corporate partners - but not to non-members.

Consider a few of those items:

  • Your members-only eligibility for a part-time job with an SRC department (Copy Centre, Food Services, Computer Lab Tech Staff), or for an SRC-funded bursary or scholarship, could earn you upwards of a couple thousand dollars during the course of the year;
  • Use the Food Bank, just once, and you will receive at least $50 worth of groceries;
  • Attend a couple of concerts with your member’s discount, and you will save $50 in ticket fees.

All that - and all of the other SRC-provided services - for $50. You don’t have to be an Accounting student to figure out that’s a great deal.

The membership fee represents a tiny investment in exchange for HUGE benefits... to make your life as a student - heck, as a person - a bit easier, less stressed, and much more fun.

A two-semester academic year is the equivalent of eight months, roughly 240 days. That means the $50 membership fee will cost you about 20 cents per day. Viewed that way, the change from your “double-doubles” should offset the fee pretty painlessly.

Opt to stay opted-in. It’s a cheap price for some priceless services.