We are pleased to welcome you to the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo! We hope that you find your experience here to be rich and rewarding. This handbook provides a brief overview of some of the most important information you will need as you start out on your graduate student journey – please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Orientation (September 6-7, 2016)
Orientation is key in helping students start out the program both in terms of providing information as well as helping students to get to know each other and faculty – we ask that all students attend. We hope that you find the events helpful and rewarding.
University General meetings & Welcome event (Tuesday)
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) along with the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) will be holding an Orientation for all new graduate students. This will help new students learn more about the campus, resources and services. Registration is required. It is strongly recommended that you attend. In the evening there will be a welcome event for all graduate students at the Grad House.
Academic Integrity (Faculty of Arts) and Department Orientation & Welcome party (Wednesday)
It is mandatory to attend the Academic Integrity Workshop which is held during orientation week.
A mandatory online academic integrity tutorial, called the Graduate Academic Integrity Module (AIM), will also need to be completed by all new graduate students. It will be managed by the Office of Academic Integrity.
At the General Meeting you will have a chance to meet the Department Chair, get information regarding Teaching Assistants duties, scholarships, and payroll to name a few. All new students are required to attend.
The Departmental Welcome Party will be over the lunch hour – please refer to the invitation.
Meetings with Graduate Chair (Thursday)
Each student will be contacted by the Graduate Program Coordinator with a meeting time with the Graduate Chair. The meetings will be approximately 15 minutes in length and will cover, among other things, your master research paper (MRP), possible supervisors, the teaching assistant (TA) contract, courses, and any questions you may have from the orientation activities.
Scholarship information sessions (TBD)
Information sessions on application procedures for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Scholarships will be available to students in mid-September. Representatives from these agencies will attend and answer questions. Please check the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) website for information and watch for posters and e-mail notifications.
Political Science website
Please visit the Political Science website before your arrival. Most of your questions can be answered by visiting this site. Contact information, this hand book (with active links) and all relevant references/forms can be found here.
WatIAM Student Account
You will be required to set up a WatIAM account. This user name and password gives you access to all uWaterloo applications, such as e-mail, network and wireless access and Quest (information system for student registration, financial aid and personal information).
All students are required to set up a uWaterloo email account. Once done, please let the Graduate Program Coordinator know what your uWaterloo e-mail is. All program related messages will be sent to your uWaterloo e-mail account only. Any problems arising from the failure of a student to check their e-mail in this account will be the full responsibility of the student. If you would rather use another account, please arrange for your uWaterloo account to forward to your personal account.
Student card (WatCard)
Visit the WatCard Office (Campus Tech Shop - Student Life Centre (SLC)) at the beginning of term to pick up your student card. You will need to show a valid piece of photo ID. The WatCard is your one card to access many facilities and services both on and off campus. You will use it every day for food, photocopying, Physical Activities Complex access, libraries, and computer labs.
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
University of Waterloo students are members of the Graduate Student Association and are encouraged to contact them for information regarding related services and events.
Payment | Fee arrangement (tuition)
The Finance Office will post your tuition fees on Quest approximately one month prior to the beginning of each term in your graduate studies program. Payment/fee arrangements can be made at a bank, by certified cheque, through payroll deduction (with a promissory note) for teaching assistant (TA)/research assistant (RA) earnings, and from scholarship/bursary payments. For more information about tuition fees, fee arrangements, promissory note, and payment deadlines refer to the Student Accounts website.
If you require a confirmation of funding letter for TA/RA earnings, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator once you have received a notice from the Finance Office regarding Fee deadlines. Confirmation of funding letters are only required if your funding does not appear as anticipated aid in Quest
Note: International Students must visit the Finance Office in Needles Hall (NH) 1110 upon their arrival to complete an application form for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).
Office space and keys
All incoming students will be assigned a desk in the department. The Graduate Program Coordinator will provide you with your key permit during orientation week. Take the key permit to Key Control, located in the General Services Complex, where you will be given your keys. Keys are to be returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator when you finish your degree or when you leave Waterloo.
Please remember that the offices are a shared space. For security, please make sure the doors are shut and locked if you are the last to leave.
Each student will be assigned a mailbox in Hagey Hall room 346. Please be sure to check it at least once a week.
Graduate students have access to the computers in HH 353 and the printer in HH 346. Please note that HH 346 is for Political Science Graduate students only. Graduate students also have access to the computer labs in Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology (PAS) 1037, PAS 1080, and PAS 1098.
To activate your printing privileges, please contact the Arts Computing Office (ACO) Help Desk in PAS 1077, extension 33190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office computer rules
- Please contact Arts Computing Office, (ext. 33190) if you have problems with the printer or computer.
- Please see the Graduate Program Coordinator if the toner needs to be replaced. NOTE: We only have a budget of one cartridge per term. Please use draft mode when printing to extend the life of the cartridge, and only use it for class related items (maximum of 10 pages).
- Students are responsible for providing their own paper.
Printing & Copying
Graphics has a number of self-serve copiers around campus. There are copiers available for use in the Dana Porter library as well as in a Graphics outlet. A copier that is available 24 hours is located in the Student Life Centre on the first floor.
Information for international students
International Student Experience Office (ISE) - The ISE assists students in maintaining their legal status in Canada, provides assistance and support for them and their dependents, and promotes interaction with and integration into the Waterloo student community at large (from their website)
Waterloo Housing and Residence - Waterloo Residences offers a variety of different services to meet the needs of all our students, ensuring that residence is the right FIT for everyone. Information on Off-Campus housing is also available here.
Federation of Students (Feds) – The Feds at the University of Waterloo provides a number of services for International students including a listing of clubs (national, regional, and religious associations).
The Working Centre is great opportunity for international students to connect to the larger Kitchener-Waterloo community. The Centre offers services such as the sale and repairs of used bikes (very cheap), organizes events (i.e. the annual Multicultural Film Festival), and offers volunteer opportunities to those wanting to get engaged in the community.
All graduate students are expected to perform their duties and fulfil their obligations which include:
- Being courteous and respectful to your peers, faculty and department staff
- Responding to any e-mail within 48 hours
- Checking your mailbox several times a week
- Attending department events (unless there is a conflict with a class or teaching assistant (TA) duties
All students in the program are expected to know what constitutes academic integrity. When the commission of an offence is established, disciplinary penalties will be imposed in accord with Policy #71 (Student Academic Discipline). For information on categories of offences and types of penalties, students are directed to consult the Office of Academic Integrity website. If you need help in learning what constitutes an academic offence or how to avoid offences ask your course instructor or Graduate Officer for guidance.
Students who believe that they have been wrongfully or unjustly penalized have the right to grieve; refer to Policy #70, Student Grievance.
Graduate Academic Integrity Module (AIM)
The purpose of the Graduate AIM is to give all new graduate students the same, basic understanding of academic integrity at uWaterloo. This aggregation of information and resources will help students transition from the expectations of other institutions to the standards of academic integrity at the University of Waterloo.
The Graduate AIM is an online course, managed by the Office of Academic Integrity, that students access through Waterloo LEARN.
The Graduate AIM is comprised of a tutorial and a quiz. The tutorial has three primary sections:
- Crediting your sources - plagiarism, citing properly
- Collaborating with others - inappropriate collaboration, intellectual property, patents
- Acting with honesty - cheating, fabrication, falsification
There is also information on university policies and links to many resources that the University of Waterloo offers related to academic integrity.
The quiz requires students to apply the concepts they read about in the tutorial material. Students must receive a mark of at least 75% on the quiz in order to pass the Graduate AIM. They are allowed to retake the quiz if necessary. Students have until November 1, 2015 to successfully complete the quiz.
Department events include, but are not limited to, Orientation Week, the Department Speakers Series, and the Annual Graduate Student Conference. Students are expected to attend all events unless there is a conflict with class or TA duties.
In March, the fifth annual Graduate Student Conference will be held. This is a one day conference organised by the political science Graduate Students (usually a committee of 3 or 4) with guidance provided by a faculty member. It aims to engage students with a broad range of research interests. Students will put out a call for papers, arrange panels, and invite a key-note speaker. More information will be provided at orientation week.
Inquiry & Insight: The Waterloo Graduate Journal of Political Science
The Political Science Graduate Student Journal has been published for the last 8 years. For the past several years papers that were submitted for the conference were used in the Journal. Normally 3 students, in consultation with a faculty member, edit and publish this. More information will be provided during orientation week.
Assignments will be announced in August for Fall, December for Winter and April for Spring. It is recommended that students who hold a teaching assistantship (TA-ship) attend the TA training session offered by the University’s Teaching Resources and Continuing Education (TRACE).
TAs will also be required to sign the Graduate Teaching Assistant Agreement which outlines the responsibilities associated with the employment portion of the TA-ship. It must be submitted to the Graduate Chair no later than the second week of the academic term which the TA-ship is held.
Students are required to proctor midterm and final exams. It is recommended that you do not book any flights or make arrangements to leave the campus until the exam period is finished. Once the exam schedule is released, please check with the instructor you TA for to see when you will be needed for marking. Also note that you may not be assigned to proctor the course for which you TA’d. Additionally, students in Research Assistant (RA) positions may be required to proctor exams as well. If you have any questions, please see the Graduate Program Coordinator.
If you are new to uWaterloo or have not been on the University’s payroll you will need to fill out the following:
The training modules below are required for compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). All employees, whether full-time, part-time or contract are required to take this training. Your completion of the training will be tracked by Human Resources in Electronic Logistic Management System (ELMS).
For compliance with Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, the following online training is considered mandatory for all employees:
- Employee Safety Orientation found on the Safety Office website
- Workplace Violence Awareness found on the Safety Office website
- Accessible Customer Service training found on the Persons with Disabilities website
Once you have completed the online training modules, a copy of the completion confirmations must be given to the Graduate Program Coordinator. You will not be able to begin your TA duties until the modules have been completed.
Registration & Enrollment
When to register for your courses
Students are encouraged to register as soon as registration is open. Course enrolment begins approximately one month prior to the beginning of the term.
Go to Quest and select “Graduate students” to view important notices for “New Students” and “Important dates” for enrolment.
You can also check the Schedule of Graduate Classes for information on courses offered each term.
Once a course starts, any course assignments (and associated grades) missed prior to enrolling in the course will be forfeit.
Quest (Student Information System)
You will use Quest to register for classes, update your address, view your tuition account and your unofficial transcript.
New students only have access to Quest after they have been issued a Letter of Acceptance and their status is listed as ‘Matriculated’. Students who have outstanding admission conditions and only have been issued an Offer of Admission do not have access.
Graduate students cannot add undergraduate courses on Quest or add courses as Audits. Students will have to complete a Graduate Studies Course Drop/Add form.
Having difficulties using Quest?
- Frequently Asked Questions on Quest website
- Visit: Support Desk (Graduate Studies Office, 2nd floor Needles Hall); Email: email@example.com; Phone: ext. 35411 (Monday - Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm, closed holidays)
Add | Drop forms
Complete this form when adding, dropping or making course changes after registration deadline; auditing a course; or enrolling for undergraduate courses. You will need to sign it, have the instructor sign it (not required for dropping a course), and submit to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
The Department recognizes that the course offerings in any given year may be insufficient to provide adequate coverage of all fields. In certain circumstances, individual students may seek to augment their programs of study with reading courses. Arrangements and faculty approval must be completed no later than two weeks after the beginning of the term. The deadline for submitting a reading course form is September 20 (Fall), January 20 (Winter), and May 20 (Spring). Please note due to faculty workload commitments, not all requests, even when otherwise justified, can be accepted.
Once you and the faculty member agree to a reading course, you will need to fill out a Reading Course form. When the faculty member is satisfied with this Proposal, it is signed and then returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Registration in a reading course
Once the reading course proposal has been approved, the Graduate Program Coordinator will e-mail you a permission number. Please register as soon as possible after receiving this number.
Adding a reading course on Quest is the same as adding an in class course
- Enter the four digit class number in the field box provided
- TAB out of the field (do not use the enter key)
- This will prompt a blue link (subject name and number) beside the field box, select this
- This will open the page where you will be permitted to enter the permission number
- Submit their request
Taking a course at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)
The Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) form can be downloaded from the department website if you wish to take classes at another University.
You will indicate the course(s) to be taken and the term during which the course(s) is/are offered at the Host University. Upon completion obtain the signature of the Department's Chair and make a copy for the Graduate Program Coordinator. You then have to submit the form to the UW Graduate Studies Office. Enrolment is not complete until the form has been approved by the Department Chair and Graduate Dean of both the Home University and Host University. Students are allowed to register for a maximum of two OVGS courses.
Course(s) selected must be at the graduate level and there must be no comparable course(s) offered at the University of Waterloo. The course(s) selected must be required for your degree program. Courses may not be taken as "extras" or "audits". Students must obtain at least a 75% (B) in any course taken at another university.
Other matters to see the Graduate Program Coordinator for
See the Graduate Program Coordinator to enrol in graduate classes labelled Instructor/Department Consent Required.
Milestones are non-course degree requirements (such as the academic integrity workshop, co-op work report, master's research paper, etc.) that must be met (changed from In Progress (IP) to Credit (CR) on the student's transcript) in order for the student to graduate.
Choosing a supervisor
Students are required to submit a Graduate Program Registration form on or before Monday, October 31, 2017.
Students are encouraged to meet informally with faculty members early in their graduate studies to discuss possible topics for their master research paper (MRP)/Thesis. Getting early feedback from potential supervisors can help you get a clearer sense of what your research projects will entail and possible topics you would like to explore. A listing of faculty, and their areas of research, can be found on the department webpage. In addition to a supervisor, you will need a second reader and their signature to complete the form.
An overall average of 70.0% needs to be achieved in all credit courses for both the MRP and Thesis options.
All students are required to take 3 courses in the Fall term (PSCI 600 plus 2 electives)
- Completion of Political Science (PSCI) 600
- Completion of Graduate Academic Integrity Module
- A total of five other one-term (0.5 unit weight) graduate level courses
- Approval of a MRP (50-60 pages double spaced in length), no oral examination required
- For students in the co-op option: Submission of an acceptable work-report within one month of completion of the work term placement.
The MRP in Political Science is best thought of as a "mini thesis". The work is supervised by two faculty members who may ask for corrections and who jointly decide on the grade to be awarded upon completion.
- Completion of PSCI 600
- Completion of Graduate Academic Integrity Module
- Completion of three other one-term (0.5 unit weight) graduate level courses
- Defense of a thesis (80-100 double spaced pages in length)
- For students in the co-op option: Submission of an acceptable work report within one month of completion of work term placement.
Students doing a thesis will be required to defend their dissertation proposal in November before an examining committee consisting of the Graduate Chair or designate, the prospective supervisor and the prospective co-supervisor (second reader).
Final approval will be given in January after the marks for the Fall term have been received. A student must achieve an overall average of 80% in their first term courses or they will not be permitted to follow the thesis option.
A student in the Thesis program can change to a MRP; however you cannot change from a MRP to a Thesis.
Preparing your MRP | Thesis research proposal
You are required to develop a research proposal (MRP: 5-8 pages double spaced; Thesis: 6-10 pages double spaced), and a timeline for the submission of your rough drafts (individual chapters and/or the entire paper) and your final paper. This should be done in consultation with your supervisor. The final draft of your research proposal should be signed by your supervisor.
MRP and thesis submission
Both supervisors must be satisfied with the MRP, and either can ask for minor or major corrections or reject the MRP outright. Upon completion, the MRP is assigned a grade by both supervisors.
Upon completion, the second reader provides the main supervisor with a written assessment of the thesis. When both agree the thesis is acceptable, the Graduate Chair will appoint an examination committee. Please note that a minimum of 10 working days is required for a defence.
The Examination Committee
- Composed of four faculty members, including the Chair.
- The main supervisor and co-supervisor should be from the Political Science Department.
- One member of the examination committee must be someone who is not on the supervisory committee. This "external" member may be selected from either within or outside the department.
Any member of the department may attend the thesis examination, question the candidate and may, upon request, read the thesis and submit a report, oral or written, to the Chair of the committee. General conclusions of the report will be given to the examination committee and considered in its final judgement.
- Examination opens with a short presentation by the student (15-20 minutes maximum) describing the problem was chosen and how the thesis contributes to knowledge in the field
- Each member of the committee will have the opportunity to question the candidate both on the opening statement and on the thesis itself
- At the chair's discretion, other department members are given the opportunity to question the candidate
Individual committee members may express reservations, but the committee, as a whole, must agree that the candidate has demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the topic chosen. If the committee is unable to reach agreement, the Chair may recommend that the candidate’s thesis be accepted if a majority of the members indicate in writing that they agree.
Following the oral defence, four decisions are open to the Examination committee: (a) Accepted, (b) Accepted conditionally, (c) Decision deferred, and (d) Rejected.
How to finish on time
Once a supervisor and second reader are agreed upon, the student should send bi-weekly reports to their supervisor. These will help identify problems early on. Talking to your supervisor prior to your third term to decide on a firm timeline to submit drafts, and work around conferences will also help prevent last minute scrambling and possibly missing convocation or term deadline.
Guidelines for completing by the end of the third term- MRP
- Submit a complete first draft to main supervisor by July 15th
- Submit a revised (second) draft to second reader by August 1st
- The final draft should be submitted to both supervisors for grading no later than August 10th, for an August 24th completion date.
Guidelines for completing by the end of the third term-thesis
Example to complete by August 22 (this is a guideline ONLY):
- July 4th - a complete draft of the thesis is given to the supervisor
- July 19th - a final draft of the thesis is given to the supervisor and second reader
- July 31st - the supervisor informs the Graduate Coordinator that they wish to hold a defence on August 15th (this provides the minimum of 10 working days notice required to schedule a defence)
- August 22nd - all corrections are made and approved, the thesis is submitted to uW Space, all convocation paperwork is signed and submitted
The above is a guideline only. Please discuss dates with your supervisor to set a completion timetable.
Submission of MRP | Thesis
Students need to review the Thesis Regulations and Guide for proper formatting. MRPs and theses not formatted correctly will not be accepted. The Supervisor will not sign off on convocation paperwork unless proper formatting is done.
Organization of MRP and thesis
|Title page||not numbered||see below|
|Author’s declaration||ii||see below|
|Table of contents||vi||see below|
|List of figures||vii||if applicable|
|List of tables||viii||if applicable|
|List of illustrations||ix||if applicable|
|List of abbreviations||x||if applicable|
Table of contents
Everything after the Table of Contents page needs to be listed on the Table of Contents. The Introduction begins on page 1 (bottom centre pagination).
Cover pages must read as follows
|Thesis||Master research paper|
presented to the University of Waterloo
in fulfillment of the
thesis requirement for the degree of
Master of Arts
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, YEAR
© NAME YEAR
A Master's Research Paper
presented to the University of Waterloo
in fulfillment of the
MRP requirement for the degree of
Master of Arts
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, YEAR
© NAME YEAR
Author’s Declaration must read as follows
|Thesis||Major research paper|
I hereby declare that I am the sole author of this thesis. This is a true copy of the thesis, including any required final revisions, as accepted by my examiners.
I understand that my thesis may be made electronically available to the public.
|I hereby declare that I am the sole author of this master’s research paper. This is a true copy of the MRP, including any required final revisions, as accepted by my examiners.|
Only a thesis is uploaded electronically to the GSO and University Library. Theses submitted electronically will be indexed by the Library and the National Library, and will be accessible electronically. Instructions can be found on the Information systems & Technology (IST) website.
Department Copy / Binding
The department requires a pdf copy of your MRP/thesis on a CD/DVD. If you would like a bound copy of your MRP or thesis, please visit a media.doc centre (closest one is in the Dana Porter Library).
Co‑op is available to students in all areas of concentration. Employment opportunities in public and private organizations range from research and planning positions to public relations and organizational functions such as staffing, training and supervisory activities. Assignments to these positions are secured through the assistance of the Co-operative education department. Students will be paid a salary by their employers.
The application for the co-op option will be available at the end of September. It is to be returned to the Graduate Program Coordinator on or before Friday, October 21, 2017.
Application decisions will be made by the Graduate student committee after fall term marks are submitted in January. International students can apply; however, there are a limited number of spots available for visa students.
Applicants must have obtained at least an 80.0% in their graduate course work from the fall term. Applicants with incomplete marks on their fall term record as of the first week in January will not be accepted into the co-op program. Those accepted will be required to fill out a Program Change form.
All students accepted in the co-op program will normally complete one or two work terms, from May to August (Spring Term), or May to December (Spring and Fall terms) following the course work requirements in first 2 terms. After the work term(s), students will return to finish their MRP/Thesis.
Weekly orientation seminars run by the department of co-operative education begin in January. Since admission decisions will not be made until all grades are submitted in January, all applicants are required to attend these seminars. The first seminar will take place during the first week in January. We will notify you of the exact dates.
The interviews for MA jobs are part of the undergraduate co-op interviews and take place in February and March.
If a placement is secured, you must submit a Change of Status form to the Graduate Program Coordinator no later than May 31st.
Each co-op student is required to write a 15-20 page work term report, investigating an aspect of the co-op experience from an academic perspective.
The proposal must be submitted to the Graduate Officer for approval by the end of August (for spring placements) or December 15 (for spring and fall placements)
The final report is due one month after the completion of the work term.
All students who expect to receive degrees at convocation must complete a Graduate Studies Intention to Graduate/Program Completion form. This is available from the department website, the Graduate Studies website or from the Graduate Program Coordinator. Please submit this form no later than August 1.
Department deadlines for submission of additional convocation documents and your MRP/Thesis are April 23 for Spring convocation and August 24 for Fall convocation. These deadlines are not flexible.
Please note that, until the final draft of your MRP/thesis is signed off by your supervisor, and you have given the Graduate Program Coordinator (a) your pdf copy; (b) submitted your Intention to Graduate Form; and (c) all keys you received; your paperwork cannot be forwarded for processing.
It should also be noted that the name printed on the degree diploma will be the name that appears on Quest. If changes need to be made, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator as soon as possible.
Students who are unable to attend convocation will have their diplomas mailed to them by the Graduate Studies Office approximately one week after the convocation ceremony.
Policies and forms
Graduate student forms
- Drop and add form
- MRP/Thesis Supervisor Form (pdf)
- Change of supervisor
- Reading Course Form (pdf)
- Ontario visiting graduate student (OVGS) application
- Co-op Application Form 2016-17 (pdf)
- Intention to graduate/program completion
- Graduate Studies Research Travel Assistantship
- Change of enrolment status/withdrawal
Graduate student references
|Events and deadlines||Fall 2016 (Sept 1 - Dec 31)||Winter 2017 (Jan 1 - Apr 30)||Spring 2017 (May 1 - Aug 31)|
|Graduate open class enrolment begins||Aug 4||Nov 29||March 27|
|Department orientation||Sept 7|
|Lectures begin||Sept 8||Jan 3||May 1|
|Department 100% tuition refund deadline||Sept 28||Jan 23||May 19|
|Walrus award application deadline||Oct 1|
|Enrolment ends | Last day for students to pay fees/enrol or change status||Nov 1||Feb 1||June 30|
|Department Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application deadline||Feb 1|
|Department Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral application deadline||Nov 10|
|Department 50% tuition refund deadline||Oct 26||Feb 21||June 16|
|Course drop/add deadline||Oct 21||Feb 10||June 8|
|Study break||Oct 11-12||Feb 15-19|
|Department co-op application deadline||Oct 28|
|Department major research paper (MRP)/thesis proposal deadline||Nov 4|
|Department SSHRC master application deadline||Dec 1|
|Lectures end||Dec 5||Apr 3||July 24|
|Final exam proctoring duties||Dec 8 - 22||Apr 7 - 25||Aug 1 - 12|
|Department deadline for convocation||Spring Convocation Apr 30||Spring Convocation Apr 30||
Fall Convocation Aug 31
|Grades available on Quest||Dec 23||Apr 26||Aug 13|
The university will be closed on the following holidays. No classes will be scheduled during these dates.
|Holidays||Fall 2016 ( Sept 1 - Dec 31)||Winter 2017 ( Jan 1 - Apr 30)||Spring 2017 (May 1 - Aug 31)|
|Labour Day||Sept 5|
|Thanksgiving Day||Oct 10|
|Winter Break||Dec 26 - 30|
|New Years Day||Jan 2|
|Family Day||Feb 20|
|Good Friday||Apr 14|
|Victoria Day||May 22|
|Canada Day||July 1|
|Civic Holiday||Aug 7|