Referendum Questions are Members Rights! Presenting and voting on referendum questions is one way that CSA members can be involved with democratic decision-making at the CSA. 

What is a Referendum Question?  

A referendum is a question that will be voted on in the upcoming election by members of the CSA. It may result in the adoption of a new policy or fee increase. 

During the Winter 2021 General Election, a referendum question regarding your Universal Health Plan was conducted. Information on the rules for Referendum Campaigns and/or to register a referendum team is available here.

Students had the opportunity to pursue the presentation of a yes/no/abstain question to all undergraduate students at the University of Guelph. The CSA Elections Office accepts referendum questions during the Fall Semester.

Referendum teams may begin petitioning for signatures only when they have received final approval from the Standing Referendum Committee. The referendum team must have the Referendum Signature Form, complete with 2,500 signatures from the applicable membership, verified by the Elections Office, for the final ratification by the CSA Board of Directors. Following this, there will be a campaign period that coincided with the CSA General Elections campaigning period, with the same final days being the online voting period via Gryph Mail.

How Do I Submit a Referendum Question? 

Submit your preliminary referendum question to the Chief Returning Officer via email (  The preliminary question will be brought to the Standing Referendum Committee for approval. Following approval, you will be asked to complete a form and receive the applicable signatures.

2020 - 2021 Referendum Timeline 

Please note that the following timeline is DRAFT only and subject to CSA Board of Directors approval. 


Key Date 

  Deadline to submit Referendum Questions 

  Dec 4, 2020 (by 12:00 pm) 

  Ratification of Referendum Questions 

  Jan 13, 2021 

  Signature Forms due 

  Jan 29, 2021 (by 12:00 pm) 

  All Candidates Meeting   

  Jan 29, 2021 (at 5:30 pm)


  Feb 1, 2021 to Feb 11, 2021   


  Feb 8, 2021 to Feb 11, 2021 

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Monday, March 22nd, 2021 9:55 AM