Feds Referendums

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A Feds referendum is a decision voted on by the members of our organization. Feds holds referendums to determine the undergraduate position on a particular question. Referendums are your opportunity as a University of Waterloo undergraduate to take direct action in making things happen.

Any current referendum details can be found on this page. If you’re looking for more detailed information on Feds referendums in general, take a scroll through the Feds By-laws and Elections & Referenda Procedures located in our library.

Current or Upcoming Referendums:

There are two active referendums:

Legal Service

Question: Do you support the implementation of a Legal Protection Service at a cost of less than $30 per year? As with the Feds Dental Care Plan, students may choose to opt-out online from this service during a change-of-coverage period for a full refund.

Description: Most students are unable to afford private representation when faced with legal challenges. In an effort to support undergraduates at the University of Waterloo, Feds is proposing the implementation of a legal protection service. This service would provide students with...

Learn More about the Legal Service Referendum


Question 1: Do you support the expansion of the current UPass agreement to allow all undergraduate students with at least one on-campus course to be eligible to access Grand River Transit (GRT) transit services? The UPass will be the same cost for all students and allows part-time and full-time undergraduate students to access transit services provided by GRT.

Question 2: Are you currently an undergraduate student taking fewer than three (3) on-campus courses, or are likely to be an undergraduate student taking fewer than three (3) on-campus courses in the coming year?

Learn More about the Legal Service Referendum

Important Dates:

Mandatory All Candidates Meeting
Jan 17 at 6 p.m. in the SLC’s Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Interim Period
Jan 17 – Jan 20

Campaign Period
Jan 21 – Feb 7

Voting Period 
Feb 5 (opens at 10 a.m.) – Feb 7 (closes at 11:59 p.m.)

Feb 8

Voting Information

Whether you’re on campus or off campus, we’ve made voting simple. During voting period you can vote online at vote.feds.ca Opens an external site , or at one of the on-campus polling stations.


Campaign Committees

If you’re passionate about one particular side of a referendum and want to get involved by campaigning for that side, consider joining or even leading a referendum campaign committee.

Anyone wishing to campaign for one of the options must form or join an advocacy committee and register its members with the Elections and Referenda Officer (ERO) to declare its position. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Be a current a current UWaterloo undergrad.*
  2. Read the rules for campaigning for a position in a referendum found in the Elections & Referenda Procedures (PDF).
  3. Email the ERO with your name, WatIAm, and the committee you would like to campaign for. 
  4. Meet and organize with all fellow members of your campaign committee, establish a chief agent of the committee, and determine the name of your campaign at the mandatory Campaign Committees Meeting (see details under “Important Dates”).
  5. Create a website and/or social media page where you can host your campaign platform. Submit your information through the Referendum Campaign Committee Details Form to have posted on the appropriate referendum page. It may take up to three business days to have these posted online, so please ensure you send this as soon as possible.
  6. The Feds Elections & Referendum logo is available for download on the Campaign Support page

*If you’re not a full member of Feds (a current undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Waterloo), unfortunately you are unable to participate in Feds Referendums. You sound like a passionate advocate and we certainly appreciate that passion – so we recommend that you reach out to your group’s representatives to learn what they are doing on the topics that inspire you!

If you’re interested in leading or running for a committee and/or have any questions, contact ERO.

Allegations & Appeals

An Allegation is an accusation made that a campaign committee has done something wrong during the referendum period. Allegations are in place to ensure that procedures are being followed and that the referendum is fair. Campaign committees are disqualified if they reach 11 points - check out point values in Elections & Referenda Procedures located in the Feds library.

Appeals are requests from the alleged to change to the Elections and Referenda Officer’s (ERO) official decision.

Find violation complaint and appeal forms, and during active referendums and/or elections you can view allegations on the Allegations & Appeals page.

Allegations & Appeals

Previous Referendum Results

Fall Break Referendum: fall 2018

For results of other previous referendums, please contact Research and Policy Officer.