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 located in our library.

Current or Upcoming Referendums:

There are no active referendums at this time. 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.

Important Dates:

Key dates will be listed in this section during an active referendum.

Mandatory All Candidates Meeting
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Interim Period
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Campaign Period
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Voting Period 
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Voting Information

Whether you’re on campus or off campus, we’ve made voting simple. During voting period you can vote online at vote.wusa.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 Chief Returning Officer (CRO) 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.
  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.

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 WUSA 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