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 2021-2022 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.

Annual Budgets

OPIRG McMaster budgets are prepared by the OPIRG Board of Directors (full-time McMaster undergraduates elected for one-year terms) and staff and presented for approval by the OPIRG Membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of OPIRG McMaster each year.

Budget link

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 Financial Audits

According to OPIRG McMaster’s Constitution, Article 16.2 “The Board shall ensure that the records and books of account of the Corporation are audited at least once each fiscal year or at such other times as it deems necessary and appropriate. The Directors shall ensure that all necessary books and records of the Corporation required by the By-laws of OPIRG McMaster or by any applicable statute of law are regularly and properly kept.”