The common spring opt-out period runs from Monday, May 15th – Friday, May 19th 2017 at participating locations. 

You can opt-out of the fees of an individual fee levy group with your student ID card and student account record (you can show your up-to-date number of credits on your myconcordia.ca account via your laptop or mobile device; by using a computer on-site at the fee levy group; or, if you wish, by print out).

You opt-out at the location of an individual fee levy group during their advertised office hours between Monday, May 15th – Friday, May 19th 2017 or, when applicable, by contacting the organization during the opt-out week to make an appointment. The specifics for each fee levy group participating in this common opt-out period is provided below.

While all of the fee levy groups are working to ensure that students wishing to opt-out may do so, fee levy group staff and volunteers will not tolerate disrespectful treatment from students who are opting out. This includes, but is not limited to, racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and classist comments and/or actions.

You can find more information below about opt-outs for the following groups:

Art Matters * Canadian Refugee Initiative (The Refugee Centre) * Centre for Gender Advocacy * Cinema Politica * CJLO 1690AM  * Community University Television (CUTV) * Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore * Concordia Food Coalition (CFC) * Concordia Greenhouse * CEED Concordia * CURE Concordia * Frigo Vert * People’s Potato * Quebec Public Interest Research Group  (QPIRG)  * Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) * Sustainable Concordia.

The individual dates and times of each group’s opt-out availabilities will be updated for the Winter semester shortly.


* Art Matters

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.08$/credit
(0.30$/credit for Fine Arts students)
Opt-out by appointment only.

Contact information: admin@artmattersfestival.org / 514-848-2424 x5011

* Canadian Refugee Initiative (The Refugee Centre)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: $0.37/credit

Opt-out in person at 2020 Mackay (2nd floor) room 206 during the following dates and times:
By appointment only.

Contact information: info@therefugeecentre.org

* Centre for Gender Advocacy

Undergraduate Fee Levy: $0.37/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: $0.50/semester

Opt-out in person at 2110 Mackay (1st floor) during the following dates and times:
By appointment
Contact Information: 514-848-2424 x7431 or info@genderadvocacy.org

* Cinema Politica Concordia

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.07$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 1.00$/year

Opt-out by appointment only

Contact information: diana@cinemapolitica.org



Undergraduate fee levy: 0.34$/credit

Opt-out in person at CC-430 (Loyola Campus) during the following dates & times:
Monday to Friday during the opt-out period OR by appointment.

Contact information: manager@cjlo.com / (514) 848-8663

* Community University Television (CUTV)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.34$/credit

Opt-out in person at 2110 Mackay, 4th floor, during the following dates and times:
Monday to Friday during the opt-out period OR by appointment.
Contact information: info@cutvmontreal.com

* Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.09$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 0.50$/semester

Opt-out in person at 2150 Bishop Street Monday to Thursday, between 11am and 6pm, Starting Thursday May 11th, ending Thursday May 25th, 2017.

See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/204593086714454/

* Concordia Food Coalition

Undergraduate fee-levy: $0.08/credit

Opt-out by appointment only.

Contact Information: concordiafoodcoalition@gmail.com to schedule a meeting time.

* Concordia Greenhouse

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.12$/credit

Opt-out by appointment only.

Contact Information: info@concordiagreenhouse.com

* CEED Concordia

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.35$/credit

By appointment only

Contact information: info@ceedconcordia.org 514-848-2424 x 7876

* CURE Concordia

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.08$/credit

Opt-out by appointment only.
Contact information: cureconcordia@gmail.com

* Le Frigo Vert

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.33$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 1.50$/term

Opt-out in person at 1440 Mackay during the following dates & times:
Monday, January 23, 2017, to Thursday, February 2, 2017 between 11am and 6pm (Tuesdays until 7pm)
and Friday, February 3rd 2017 by appointment; contact information: 438-387-7586yesfrigo@gmail.com

* People’s Potato

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.40$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 2.00$/semester

By appointment only:

Contact Information: peoplespotato@gmail.com

*Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG)

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.39$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 0.50$/semester

Opt-out in person at 1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204,
Monday, May 15th, to Friday, May 19th (12pm-6pm)

* Sustainability Action Fund

Undergraduate fee levy: 0.25$/credit
Graduate fee levy: 1,25$/semester

Opt-out in person at 2090 Mackay, room 204-1 (2nd floor) at the following dates and times:
Monday, May 15th, 2017, to Friday, May 19th 2017 from 12 to 2pm
by appointment; contact information: safconcordia@gmail.com

* Sustainable Concordia

Undergraduate Fee Levy: 0.15$/credit
Graduate Fee Levy: 0.50$/semester

Opt-out in person at 2090 Mackay Street room 204-1 (2nd floor) during the following dates & times: Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm throughout the opt-out period.
by appointment; contact information: office@sustainableconcordia.ca


What do fee levy groups do?

Together, fee levy groups provide students and the community with diverse resources, services and campaigns, including:
•           ecological and sustainable development campaigns and projects;
•           an international development volunteer program;
•           a gender advocacy center;
•           a fine arts festival;
•           a political cinema series;
•           independent student media (television, radio and print);
•           a natural food co-op;
•           a vegan soup kitchen;
•           a social and environmental justice center;
•           a co-operative bookstore.

In practice, the work of fee levy groups takes many forms, such as:

– fostering a safe environment for LGBTQ students;
– promoting safer, healthier, and more affordable food options on campus;
– providing access to affordable textbooks;
– directly financing students working on projects to improve the environmental and social sustainability of Concordia;
– writing and broadcasting stories concerning events, activities, and student government at our school;
and much more!

In addition to these core mandates, all fee levy groups provide many other tangible benefits to students, such as:

– meaningful volunteer and internship opportunities;
– meaningful job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students;
– mentorship from people with experience in diverse fields;
– skills in running non-profit organizations by participation in assemblies or board of directors.

How are fee levy groups accountable to students?

Our membership base is students who decide the direction and core mandates of our organizations. If a group currently collects fee levies, it is because the undergraduate student body at large had previously decided to confer that status.

Importantly, fee levy groups are legally incorporated, have a constitution, hold Annual General Meetings, publish annual reports and have externally reviewed financial statements. Key documents and information are posted on the websites of fee levy groups, for easy access by members and students.

Along with an ongoing public presence on campus (through services, events, campaigns, projects and more), fee levy groups maintain transparency and accountability to their members. As fee levy groups, we may be comparatively bigger or smaller, but we each work hard to the best of our capacities to provide tangible benefits to the Concordia community. We are by and for Concordia students and community.

The idea of community

Concordia University, like any diverse, multifold community, is made up of many different parts, all of which are valuable. The entire Concordia community benefits from having vibrant, engaged, and accountable organizations on campus.

Not everyone will access every fee levy group during their time at Concordia; in the same way, not every student will go to a CSU meeting or a Stingers game. But these services and initiatives are made possible by all students, and they are therefore always available to all students. One of the strengths the Concordia community is that we support projects and initiatives because many students can benefit from them, not necessarily all of them. The principle of sustainable community is that even though I might not directly benefit from something, it’s still worthwhile to support because it strengthens my community, and by doing so makes all of us better.