A WUSA referendum is a decision voted on by the members of our organization. WUSA 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 WUSA referendums in general, take a scroll through the WUSA By-laws and Elections & Referenda Procedures.

Current or Upcoming Referendums

Responsible Partnerships and Investments Referendum 2024 

Check back here for details on any future WUSA referendums. We’ll be sure to let you know when one is happening through our social media channels, the WUSA.ca homepage, and/or via your Waterloo email.

Previous Referendum Results

Legal Service Referendum and GRT UPass Referendum: Winter 2019

Fall Break Referendum: Fall 2018

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

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 Chief Returning Officer (CRO) to declare its position. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Be a current UWaterloo undergrad.*
  2. Read the rules for campaigning for a position in a referendum found in the Elections & Referenda Procedures.
  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 WUSA Elections & Referendum logo is available for download on the Campaign Support page.

*If you’re not a full member of WUSA (a current undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Waterloo), unfortunately you are unable to participate in WUSA 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.