Levy Groups

The UTGSU has several levy groups which are funded through the UTGSU via levy fees established through referenda.

BIKECHAIN

Bikechain is a on-campus bicycle shop offering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) bicycle repairs. Bikechain also offers workshops, sells bikes and bicycle parts, and operates a free bicycle lending program. More information can be found on the Bikechain website.

Bikechain levy fee opt-out dates

Bikechain is a on-campus bicycle shop offering affordable bicycle repairs and bicycle repair education. Bikechain also offers workshops, sells bikes and bicycle parts, and operates a free bicycle lending program for students year-round. More information can be found on the Bikechain website.

Graduate Students can opt–out of Bikechain’s winter levy ($0.28 for part-time students and $0.56 for full-time students until January 28, 2021. To apply for a levy refund, email bikechainuoft@gmail.com with your request. Please be sure to include a copy of your current account invoice for the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 school year (located in the Finances tab of your Acorn dashboard) or other proof of registration and status (full or part time). 

CENTRE FOR WOMEN & TRANS PEOPLE

The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free drop-in space for all women and trans people on campus. We provide free support, referrals, resources and advocacy on issues of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, violence, health and poverty through our workshops, events, services, and programming.

The Centre was founded by UofT self-identified women undergraduate students in 1986. They organized to create a safe, accessible space for all women at U of T to gather, seek support, and advocate on issues relevant to them. The Centre is a student funded, volunteer-driven, non-profit, campus, community organization governed by its Collective.

The Centre is just across from the UTGSU at 563 Spadina, on the Ground Floor. More information, including hours of operation and how to get involved, can be found on the Centre’s website.

DOWNTOWN LEGAL SERVICES (DLS)

Downtown Legal Services is the Faculty of Law’s community legal clinic.  Law students, working under the close supervision of expert staff lawyers, provide free legal assistance in several areas of law including criminal law, employment law, landlord and tenant matters, refugee and immigration claims, family law, and academic appeals and offences.  They also provide notary services at no charge.  To access their services, call their intake line at 416 978-6447.  To find out more about DLS and their services, please visit their website at: http://downtownlegalservices.ca/

DLS receives $1.50/per term from each full-time GSU student as part of your incidental fees.  This term fee is 100% refundable within 60 days of registration. To obtain a refund, please email law.dls@utoronto.ca, provide your mailing address, and your refund will be mailed to you.  Note: Students who opt out of the DLS fee will not be able to access our free legal services unless they meet the financial eligibility criteria established by our primary funder, Legal Aid Ontario.

ONTARIO PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (OPIRG)

OPIRG Toronto is an intersectional grassroots volunteer-based group. We empower, educate, and engage students through free, accessible skills-based workshops, research opportunities, crisis supports and access to emergency food relief, a clothing bank, publishing opportunities, social and environmental justice advocacy, multi-disciplinary learning opportunities, and a space to work for social change connecting academia with the wider community. To get involved or for more information find us online at https://www.facebook.com/OPIRG.Toronto

Due to the ongoing public health situation, OPIRG will be administering the Fall 2020 opt-outs online from September 8 – October 8, 2020. 

To apply for a levy refund, email afcoordinator.opirgto@gmail.com with your request. Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, student number, and a copy of your current account invoice for the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 school year (located in the Finances tab of your Acorn dashboard) or other proof of registration and status (full or part time). 

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE NETWORK (UTERN)

UTERN is the University of Toronto’s Environmental Resource Network, an umbrella organization that serves as the meeting point for everyone in the university community concerned about the health of our environment. UTERN encompasses all students at the University of Toronto including undergraduate and graduate students from all three campuses. We welcome all funding applications from all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto. More information can be found on the UTERN website. Students can opt out of this lev fee as follows:
Full time graduate students = 16.5%
Part time graduate students = 24.7%

To receive levy reimbursements, students can email us at utern.toronto@gmai.com with their full name, student number and proof of registration. 

STUDENTS FOR BARRIER FREE ACCESS (SBA)

SBA is a disability justice organization that advocates for accessible post-secondary education and an inclusive campus community.  SBA offers a wide range of free programs and services to all University of Toronto students including skill building workshops, one on one advocacy, and community supports, such as our Emergency Food Relief Program. For more information visit http://uoftsba.com/.

Due to the ongoing public health situation, SBA will be administering the Fall 2020 opt-outs online from September 8 – 25, 2020.

To apply for a levy refund, email sba@utoronto.ca with your request. Please be sure to include your full name, student number, and proof of registration (including proof of full-time or part-time status).

SEXUAL EDUCATION CENTRE (SEC)

The University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Support Centre (SEC) is a 100% not-for-profit, volunteer-run student service/student group at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. As a levy-funded organization, all supplies and services provided by SEC are available free of charge to the University of Toronto community. The Sexual Education Centre offers a free, confidential, non-judgmental peer support approach to sex education. For more information visit https://www.sec.utoronto.ca/.

canadian federation of students – National

Formed in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is a bilingual national union of over one-half million students from more than 64 university and college students’ unions across Canada. Our Federation provides students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally, and creates space and opportunity for students across the country and province to join together in creating change and winning victories on and off campus. For more information visit https://cfs-fcee.ca/.

canadian federation of students – ontario

The Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario provides students with an effective and united voice provincially, and creates space and opportunity for students across Ontario to join together in creating change and winning victories on and off campus. For more information visit https://cfsontario.ca/