We are entirely student funded, as each University of Toronto student pays a refundable fee as part of their incidental fees. The membership fees cover ALL of our operating costs. OPIRG Toronto is also open to all community members who want to work around social justice issues. You do not need to be a member to volunteer. We welcome all volunteers to use our resources, including our computers, fax machine, job/housing board and more. If you would like more information about membership, OPIRG Toronto structure or current happenings, please do not hesitate to call or email the office.
The Provincial organization of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group provides an opportunity for the members of individual PIRGs and OPIRG Organizing Committees to meet, exchange ideas, educate themselves, and work together There are 11 Public Interest Research Groups at Ontario university campuses which all share similar structures and mandates but operate independently from one another. We all work together as part of a provincial OPIRG network which organizes meetings and conferences as well as sharing resources and information. Every year the provincial network organizes a few provincewide events including a Public Interest School, Board Training School and Networking Conferences focusing on a particular issue. There are also other independant PIRG/GRIP’s across Canada. All of the PIRGs based in Ontario are members of a provincial network and are members of Ontario PIRG, a provincial PIRG organization. Through Ontario PIRG the Ontario based PIRGs come together for training, educational and networking events, including:
• Public Interest Schools
• Board Training Schools
• Networking Conferences
• Speaking Tour
OPIRG-Toronto holds a budget line for donations to projects and events that fit within our mandate of research, education and action on social and environmental justice. We give priority to funding requests for events taking place locally and those that have limited funding sources. All funding, endorsement and co-sponsorship requests are approved at a bi-weekly board of directors meeting. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.