Since 1995, OPIRG McMaster has been a place for students to explore social and environmental concerns with a goal of making a positive impact.

Funding and Membership

OPIRG’s core funding comes from full-time undergraduate students in the form of a $5.50 refundable levy for the 2020-2021 academic year. All full-time undergraduate students are automatically members. If you do not wish to support OPIRG McMaster, you can claim a full refund by opting out using our online opt-out during the 3 week period after drop and add. 

Members can access the resource library, borrow equipment, attend workshops and events for free, vote at our Annual General Meeting, and are eligible to run for the OPIRG McMaster Board of Directors.

Anyone who is not full-time at McMaster is welcome to join OPIRG as a Community Member for a sliding scale $10-20 fee.

The annual budgets, displayed below, show how the money from these fees have been—and will be—put to use! Every year, OPIRG McMaster also undergoes a financial audit by an independent auditor, ensuring that our finances are being used and recorded effectively, in accordance with generally accepted Canadian accounting principles. Financial audits are also attached below.

See How Funding Provided to Pips and Projects has been used this year

Annual Budget For 2021 Fiscal Year

OPIRG 2020-2021 Budget

Please note that this budget was created taking into account (a) the repeal of the Student Choice Initiative and (b) a year of online programming due to COVID-19.

Annual Budget For 2020 Fiscal Year

Annual Budget For 2019 Fiscal Year