Opt-Out Info

What is a fee-levy group?

Fee-levy groups are organizations that are funded through fees that are collected by the university along with tuition.

Fee-levy groups use this revenue to provide many services, resources and events that the university doesn’t offer, create good on-campus jobs for students, offer meaningful volunteer opportunities that help you learn new skills, and so much more!

What does it mean to OPT OUT of a fee-levy group?

When you opt out of a fee-levy group, the group’s fee that you paid at the same time as your tuition is refunded to you.

Please note that getting a refund from a given group means that you are withdrawing your support from that group and will no longer be able to access its services, resources and events.

When and how can you opt out?

The common opt-out period for the Fall 2019 semester runs from Tuesday, September 17th to Monday, September 30th at participating locations. Details below.

You can opt-out at the location of an individual fee levy group during their advertised office hours from or, when applicable, by contacting the organization during the opt-out weeks to make an appointment. The specifics for each fee levy group participating in this common opt-out period are provided below. 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).

There will also be common opt-out events on the following days:

Downtown:
When: Monday, September 23rd 11am-1pm
Where: 7th Floor Lounge, Hall Building

Loyola:
When: Thursday, September 26th 11am-1pm
Where: Loyola Hive

*If getting to fee-levy groups offices or the common opt-out events is inaccessible to you due to disability, and you are registered with Concordia’s Access Centre please contact individual groups by phone or email to make special arrangements for fee reimbursements.

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.

Information on fees

Group Fee Levy (undergrad) Fee Levy (graduate) How to Opt-Out Contact Info
Art Matters 8¢ per credit (30¢ per credit for Fine Arts students) n/a By appointment during common opt-out period admin@artmattersfestival.org
514-848-2424 x5011
Canadian Refugee Initiative (The Refugee Centre) 37¢ per credit n/a By appointment during common opt-out period info@therefugeecentre.org
Centre for Gender Advocacy 37¢ per credit 50¢ per semester Monday to Friday from 10am – 5pm during the common opt-out period at 2110 Mackay (ground floor) info@genderadvocacy.org
514-848-2424 x7431
Cinema Politica Concordia 7¢ per credit $1 per semester By appointment during common opt-out period elea@cinemapolitica.org
CJLO 34¢ per credit n/a By appointment during the common opt-out period at CC-430 (Loyola Campus) manager.cjlo@gmail.com
(514) 848-8663
Community University Television (CUTV) 34¢ per credit n/a By appointment during the common opt-out period at 2110 Mackay (4th floor) info@cutvmontreal.com
Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore 9¢ per credit 50¢ per semester Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm during common opt-out period at 2150 Bishop Street coopbookstore@gmail.com
Concordia Food Coalition 16¢ per credit n/a By appointment during common opt-out period concordiafoodcoalition@gmail.com
Concordia Greenhouse 24¢ per credit n/a By appointment during common opt-out period info@concordiagreenhouse.com
CEED Concordia 35¢ per credit n/a By appointment during the common opt-out period at 2110 Mackay (2nd floor) info@ceedconcordia.org
514-848-2424 x 7876
CURE Concordia 8¢ per credit n/a By appointment during common opt-out period info@cureconcordia.org
Le Frigo Vert 33¢ per credit $1.50 per semester Monday to Thursday from 12pm – 6pm  during common opt-out period at 1440 Mackay yesfrigo@gmail.com
438-387-7586
People’s Potato 40¢ per credit $2 per semester By appointment during common opt-out period peoplespotato@gmail.com
Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) 41¢ per credit 50¢ per semester Monday to Thursday from 12pm – 6pm during the common opt-out period at 2100 Guy Street, Suite #205 info@qpirgconcordia.org
Sustainability Action Fund 25¢ per credit $1.25 per semester By appointment during common opt-out period at 2090 Mackay, room 204-1 (2nd floor) ceo@safconcordia.ca
Sustainable Concordia 15¢ per credit 50¢ per semester By appointment during common opt-out period at 2090 Mackay, room 204-1 (2nd floor) external@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.