WPIRG’s mission is to engage students and community members to become active citizens and volunteers on environmental, human rights, and social justice issues. Started in 1973, the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) provides a place to research, educate, and take action on environmental and social justice issues.

WPIRG functions on fees paid by full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Waterloo. Students’ monetary contribution provides important resources, like a meeting space, library, button-maker, sewing-machine, as well as workshops, film screenings, and events, which are planned, created, and used by student volunteers.

How does WPIRG run?

WPIRG is a student funded and directed environmental and social justice organization. Funding which supports volunteer training, events and projects, maintenance of an office and library, plus two full-time staff is administered by a Board of Directors elected by the membership at an Annual General Meeting (AGM).

WPIRG and the Board of Directors function on a consensus-decision making model. WPIRG is also audited annually and reports to its membership at the AGM. Board of Directors meetings occur on a regular basis throughout the year and are open to the membership. Please contact info@wpirg.org if you are interested in attending.

WPIRG funding

WPIRG is an incorporated non-profit funded through a levy on full-time undergraduate students of $4.75 per term which is refundable when requested within the first three weeks of classes of each term during office hours with proof of full-time registration and photo identification. Non-full-time undergraduate students can become a member by buying a one year membership for $15.