Effective Fall 2019, the GSA services are impacted by changes to GSA fees as a result of the Ontario Government's ancillary fee classification framework legislated through the Student Choice Initative (SCI)Many of the services that graduate students have fought for are at risk. The GSA provides graduate students with academic support, a social community, mental and physical health supports, legal aid, as well as advocacy and representation. To safeguard the continuity of these services, we need your help. Choosing to support the GSA will ensure the sustainability of our services to all graduate students and enable us to continue to represent every student on all campuses of the University.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) administers the following services for graduate students:

  • GRT Bus Pass - Provides riding access to the Grand River Transit Buses and ION Light Rail transit.
  • Health Insurance - Provides a supplementary Health Plan which is designed to provide important services in addition to the basic provincial healthcare plan (OHIP or UHIP). 
  • Dental Insurance - Provides a supplementary Dental Plan which is designed to provide dental care services.  
  • Wellness Support - Supports wellness events and initiatives.
  • Graduate House - Supports GSA Graduate House services including subsidized food pricing, social programming and use of Graduate House space.
  • Graduate Student Initiatives Funding - Provides funding for student-led social programming through Graduate Student Initiatives (GSI) such as departmental socials, student club activities, bus trips, academic events and initiatives.
  • Legal Aid - Provides free advising and support services to graduate students which include one-on-one consultation with GSA lawyer.
  • Income Tax Aid (March/April) - Provides free advising and support services to graduate students which include one-on-one consultation with GSA accountant and tax Seminars.
  • Student Support - Provides free confidential advising appointments with regard to university policies; supervisor relationships; filing a grievance, appeal or petition; support for meetings; etc.
  • Departmental GSA Support
  • Social Events - Supports social events and initiatives such as events for first year graduate student orientation.

Territorial Acknowledgement

We, the Graduate Student Association - University of Waterloo, acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. 


Final Report on Student Mental Health

Final Report on Student Mental Health.