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SUS 2020 Referendum

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PRESS RELEASES

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HOW TO VOTE

Voting happens online. Voting happens online. From April 5th 2020 to April 13th we will send an e-mail to all our registered members (current UFV students) to their UFV Student e-mail account: example@student.ufv.ca
*Please read the press release regarding the voting period extension here
Within the e-mail there will be a link to the referendum poll.
Members will be able to read the referendum questions and submit their votes online.

For questions or more information about this referendum, please contact the SUS Vice-President Internal at: vpinternal@ufvsus.ca

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BEFORE VOTING
Read the referendum questions

SUS-Referendum-question-1

Do you support an increase to the shuttle fee of 15%, bringing the fee from $27.23 to $31.31 per semester?

----------------------------------------------Denied-------------------------------------------- RESULTS:
Yes votes: 190
No votes: 479
This Referendum question was voted against.

SUS-Referendum-question-2

Do you support an additional increase to the shuttle fee of 15% (total 30%), bringing the fee from $31.31 to $35.40 per semester?

----------------------------------------------Denied-------------------------------------------- RESULTS:
Yes votes: 110
No votes: 559
This Referendum question was voted against.

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March 6th, 2020

The Campus Connector is a service provided by the UFV Student Union Society to shuttle students between the campuses in Chilliwack and Abbotsford, in addition to providing transportation to campus for students in Langley. The service is almost entirely funded by the Inter-Campus Shuttle fee paid for by students, and has become an invaluable service over the years. There are students who would have been unable to attend UFV without the shuttle services, and many more who depend on it to cut costs, reduce congestion, and limit the environmental impact.


The shuttle has been run at a deficit this year in order to accommodate the number of riders. With the increased usage between Langley and Abbotsford, we are spending significantly more than we are bringing in. We had to reduce the number of buses in the Winter 2020 semester, but even with this reduction, the shuttle service is projected to run more than a $100,000 deficit this fiscal year.


We are currently in the midst of renegotiating our contract with the shuttle providers and expect costs to rise significantly: new buses will need to be purchased in the near future as the current fleet is at the end of its life. We are looking to improve the service as we are aware of the complaints students have, so we plan to avoid locking in the contract for more than a year or two. We would like to expand the service as UFV continues to grow, but those negotiations are a slow process.


In order to continue running the shuttle at current capacity, we need to index the fee by 15%. This would bring the current fee of $27.23 to $31.31 a semester. This allows us to cover costs, but will not allow growth or savings to expand in the future, but has the benefit of limiting the costs for students.


Alternatively, we would like to present the option of indexing the fee by a greater margin to $35.40, a 30% increase from the current fee. This level of increase would allow us to bring the shuttle back to previous levels of service while saving a small portion to expand in the future. We are currently in contact with BC Transit to see how the service could grow over the coming years, so replacing the funds spent this past year would be valuable in pursuing that opportunity. We also recognize that while an additional $8.17 is not significant to those who use the shuttle and depend on it, it could be frustrating for those who carry the cost for other students and do not use the service themselves.


We are holding a referendum for students to vote and decide themselves if and how the fee should change. The first question will just address whether you support indexing the shuttle fee a minimum of 15%. The second question will ask if you support an index of 30% to increase the service. If the first question passes and the second does not, the shuttle will only be indexed 15%. If the first question fails, the second will as well.


The questions are as follows:


  1. Do you support an increase to the shuttle fee of 15%, bringing the fee from $27.23 to $31.31 per semester?
  2. Do you support an additional increase of the shuttle fee of 15% (total 30%), bringing the fee from $31.31 to $35.40 per semester?

If the referendum does not pass, shuttle services will be reduced until we are no longer running a deficit.

Sincerely, your SUS Vice President Internal

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Tania Smart
Vice President Internal, UFV SUS


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BEFORE VOTING
Read the referendum questions

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SUS-Referendum-question-3

Do you agree to support the World University Service of Canada (WUSC)'s Student Refugee Program with a student levy of $2.00 per student per semester?

----------------------------------------------Approved----------------------------------------- RESULTS:
Yes votes: 444
No votes: 231
This Referendum question was voted in favor

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March 6th, 2020

Do you agree to support the World University Service of Canada (WUSC)’s Student Refugee Program with a student levy of $2.00 per student per semester?


Access to education is enshrined in human rights. In 1948, it was established that “higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit”.1 However, today, only 3% of refugee youth have access to education. It is the United Nation’s tertiary education target for 2030 to enroll 15% of college-eligible refugees in tertiary education programs.2 Partners around the world have stepped up their education commitments to work towards meeting this goal.


Here at UFV, we can do our part. The UFV WUSC Local Committee exists to implement the Student Refugee Program. The SRP is a Canada wide program run through Universities, Colleges and CEJEPS - it began in 1978 and has brought in thousands of refugee students to live and study in Canada - today, over 80 institutions across Canada are sponsoring over 130 students every year. The program sponsors a refugee student’s tuition and all their living costs for one year, after which time the student is supported in finding employment, financial aid or scholarship opportunities to cover the cost of the rest of their studies.


Since 2018, the UFV Local Committee has been active on campus, and through fundraising efforts and partnerships with UFV departments, we welcomed our first student to Canada in January 2020! We are now asking for your help - our program cannot be sustained through fundraising and the generosity of UFV partners alone. If every student contributes just $2 a semester, we will have enough funding to sponsor 2 students a year. This would double the size of our program, and allow sustainability for years to come!


For less than what you pay for parking or coffee in a day, you can change the lives of another student forever, enrich our campus with diversity and experience, and contribute towards the global push to provide education for all.


Vote YES for the UFV Student Refugee Program!


For more information, questions about the levy, or if you’d like to be involved, please contact us at wusc.ufv@gmail.com or find us on social media @wusc.ufv


  1. Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights. United Nations
    https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/
  2. Tertiary Education Target, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    https://www.unhcr.org/tertiary-education.html

Sincerely, your SUS Vice President Internal

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Tania Smart
Vice President Internal, UFV SUS


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BEFORE VOTING
Read the referendum questions

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