PIRGs

APIRG is a Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). PIRGs share the idea that students are citizens, and as such, part of their education should include recognizing and engaging in societal problems. PIRGs exist to provide training, support, and opportunities for students to be active citizens in their communities. Through involvement with PIRGs, thousands of Canadian students have learned skills in consensus decision-making, group facilitation, events organizing, media relations, and community-based research. These skills help individuals to act effectively in the public interest.

PIRGs are student-based, student-funded, student-run, student-directed and community-minded. They are democratic, independent, non-partisan, and non-profit to ensure that students are able to work on issues of importance to them without fear of censure. For more information on other PIRGs, check out pirg.ca.

 

WHAT DO PIRGS DO?

Since PIRGs are student-directed, what PIRGs do depends on the interests of the students who are involved. Most PIRG projects are coordinated by student-initiated Working Groups. While board members, as student volunteers, may identify projects and programs for the PIRG, their primary role, along with staff members, is to support the interests of students in the working groups.

PIRGs give busy students the opportunity to take effective action to improve their communities. By providing resources, training, ideas, and support, PIRGS allow students to devote their time to the issues that they choose. Also, PIRGs work with students to organize educational events on public interest issues and coordinate research in collaboration with university departments, professors, and the community.

 


 

Below is a comprehensive list of PIRGs in Canada:

Note: Please contact us at Outreach@apirg.org if there are corrections

 

British Columbia 

 

KPIRG

Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University,

12666 72nd Avenue,

Surrey, BC

V3W 2M8

Canada

Unceded Coast Salish Territories

HOURS: 10:30am-4:30pm

GENERAL PHONE: (Coming Soon)

ADMIN’S DIRECT LINE: (Coming Soon)

EMAIL: info@kpirg.ca

 

PGPIRG

Sarah Boyd-Noel, Executive Director

Rm: 6-342

Prince George Public Interest Research Group (PGPIRG)

3333 University Way, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9

tel: (250) 960-7474
fax: (250) 960-5617

email: pgpirg@unbc.ca

Local Foods Coordinator- Good Food Box, Coffee orders, Egg orders

pgpirglocalfoods@gmail.com

Compost Coordinator- Compost Related queries

compostpgpirg@gmail.com

 

SFPIRG

ADDRESS: Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)
TC326, Simon Fraser University,
Burnaby, BC

V5A 1S6

Canada
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

 

Find us in the Student Rotunda, 2 floors above the main bus loop.

 

HOURS: We are open Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 4:30pm.
GENERAL PHONE: (778) 782-4360

CRAIG’S DIRECT LINE: (778) 782-5339
EMAIL: info@sfpirg.ca

 

VIPIRG

Research Coordinator

Stefanie Hardman, research@vipirg.ca, 250-472-4386

Internal Coordinator

Meghan Jezewski, info@vipirg.ca, 250-472-4386

Dis/Orientation Days Coordinator

Gabrielle Egan, disorientationdays@vipirg.ca, 250-721.7285

Find us on  facebook and  Twitter

VIPIRG on facebook

@VIPIRG #disorientuvic

Address

Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
University of Victoria
SUB B122, Box 3035, Stn CSC
Victoria, BC
Lekwungen Territory
V8W 3P3

 

Alberta 

 

APIRG

 

LPIRG

Administrative Coordinator – Emma Ladouceur

Email: pirg@uleth.ca

Phone: 403-332-5243

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

Office: Students’ Union Building – SU 242

University of Lethbridge

4401 University Drive, West

Lethbridge, Alberta  T1K 3M4

Blackfoot Territory

 

Saskatchewan 

 

RPIRG

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Address: Located on the 2nd floor of the Riddell Centre, just past the Women’s Centre:
Room 222 Dr. William Riddell Centre
University of Regina
Regina, SK, Treaty 4 Territory, S4S 0A2

Staff:

-Anna Dipple, Executive Director
phone. 306.337.2420, fax. 306.586.8812, email. info@rpirg.org

– Tressa Nielsen, Outreach & Events Coordinator
phone. 306.337.2420, fax. 306.586.8812, email. outreach@rpirg.org

– Lucas Fagundes, Garden Project Coordinator
phone. 306.337.2420, fax. 306.586.8812, email. garden@rpirg.org

-Board: To contact the RPIRG Board of Directors, please visit our Board of Directors section or emailboard@rpirg.org.

Ontario 

 

Brock University

Staff Contacts:

Anneka Bosse, Anneka@OPIRGBrock.org

Em (Matthew) Heppler, Info@OPIRGBrock.org | 905-688-5550 ext. 4430

Elise Lee Lai, Elise@OPIRGBrock.org

Board Contacts:

James Belford (Board Liaison), James@opirgbrock.org

Ellie Donohue-Miller (Secretary), Ellie@opirgbrock.org

Andrew Kemble (President), Andrew@opirgbrock.org

Samantha MacAndrew (Resource Centre). Sam@opirgbrock.org

Istafa Sufi (Organizational Liaison), Istafa@opirgbrock.org

Christopher Yendt (Treasurer), Christopher@opirgbrock.org

 

Carleton University

-Andrew Crosby – Volunteer, Outreach and Programming Coordinator – vcopirg@gmail.com

-Angela Mooney – Finance and Organizational Development Coordinator – opirgadmin@gmail.com

-Board of Directors – opirgcarleton.board@gmail.com

Office: 326 Unicentre (3rd floor, up the stairs from Ziggy’s, down the stairs across from CUSA)

Phone: 613-520-2757

Location: 326 Unicentre, Carleton University, 1125 Colenel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6

 

Guelph

Email volunteer@opirgguelph.org to find out how to get involved, call the office at 519-824-2091, Address: 24 Trent Lane

 

Kingston

OPIRG Kingston
The Grey House, 51 Bader Lane
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

Office hours during the academic semesters: Monday through Thursday, 10am – 4pm.

Phone: 613-533-3189

Email: info@opirgkingston.org

 

Laurier

Email: info@lspirg

Address: 165 Albert St., Waterloo (third floor)

 

McMaster University

Located at the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) in Room 229.

OPIRG McMaster
MUSC 229, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4S4
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext.27289
Email: opirg(at)mcmaster(dot)ca

 

University of Ottawa

PIRG-GRIPO Ottawa
85 University 215 D University Centre / 85, rue Université 215 D au Centre Universitaire.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
613-562-5800 Ext: 4364/4365

Please email us at opirgripo@gmail.com

Staff members:

Action Groups Coordinator – Ronda

Campus Relations Coordinator – Vacant

Community Relations and Research Coordinator – Maria

Organizational Development and Financial Coordinator – Fida

Resource Centre Coordinator – Vacant

Action Group Coordinator

To contact Ronda phone at  (613) 562-5800 ext. 4365 or write to   gripoactiongroups@gmail.com

 

Peterborough

Contact Information

OPIRG Peterborough
Room 102, Sadleir House
751 George St N.
Peterborough, Ontario
K9H 3T2

Phone: 705-741-1208

 

Toronto

OPIRG-Toronto office at 563 Spadina Crescent, room 101

http://www.opirgtoronto.org/contact

 

Waterloo

Phone: (519) 888 4882
Email: info@wpirg.org

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm

MAILING ADDRESS

WPIRG
Centre for Peace Advancement #4222
Conrad Grebel University College
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada

 

Windsor

The University of Windsor is located at:

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
519-253-3000

 

York

Email: opirgyork@gmail.com
Phone: 416-736-5724
Address: 449C Student Centre

Staff:
Volunteer Coordinator, Victoria: victoria@opirgyork.ca
Coordinator of Administration and Information, Imran: imran@opirgyork.ca
Board of Directors: opirgyorkboard@gmail.com
Quebec 

 

Concordia

We are located at 1500 de Maisonneuve O., suite 204

Open Mon to Thurs, 12pm – 6pm.

Mailing address (different than our street address):

QPIRG Concordia

c/o Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve O

Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8

Phone:

514-848-7585 (office)

For general email inquiries:

info@qpirgconcordia.org

Reach the Board of Directors directly:

board@qpirgconcordia.org

Reach the Conflict Resolution and Complaints Committee: crcc@qpirgconcordia.org

 

McGill

Our offices are located at:

3647 University, 3rd floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 2B3

(corner of University and des Pins, Metro McGill).

Phone: 514-398-7432
Fax: 514-398-8976

Our office hours during the summer are from 12-6pm, Monday through Thursday. Our office hours during the school year are 12-6, Monday through Friday.

We can be reached by email at qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca. For all questions regarding working groups finances and reimbursements, email qpirg.finances@gmail.com.

Find us on twitter @qpirgmcgill.

 

l’UQUAM

Courriel :
grip@uqam.ca
Facebook
Téléphone : 514-987-3000 poste 4077
Venez faire un tour au local du GRIP :
LOCAL DS-3230, Pavillon J.-A. DeSève, 3ième étage,
320, rue Ste-Catherine Est, Métro Berri-UQÀM
Les heures de permanence sont :
Pour savoir si le local du GRIP est ouvert, vaut mieux appeler avant de venir : 514-987-3000 poste 4077
Co-coordination:
- Michael Brophy, coordonnateur administratif
- Hugo Bonin, coordonnateur aux activités

 

Nova Scotia 

 

NSPIRG

Visit or mail our office:

Dalhousie Student Union Building, room 314

6136 University Avenue

Halifax NS B3H 4J2

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday

10:30am – 3:30pm

Phone us: (902) 494-6662

Email us: For general inquiries including requests regarding partnerships, working groups, projects and research, contact info@nspirg.org.

For requests regarding funding rounds, contact board@nspirg.org

 

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