What You Need to Know: Bus Pass Referendum

Posted on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Learn more about the UPass & Bus Pass Referendum at our Referendum Town Hall!
Thursday, September 30th  |  6 - 7pm  |  hosted via Microsoft Teams

To submit a question in advance, email your CSA VP External at csavpexternal@uoguelph.ca or GSA VP External at gsavpext@uoguelph.ca.


Wondering why we don't have a UPass (Universal Bus Pass) this semester?  It's because our previous UPass contract expired on April 30th, 2021. The CSA and GSA have negotiated a new UPass contract with the City of Guelph, priced at $151 per semester, with annual increases capped at 2% per year, effective January 1, 2022. 

Negotiating a contract is Step 1, holding a referendum for students to approve the terms of the contract is Step 2.  Have your say and vote in the UPass Referendum this October 4th - 8th!

To find out more about voting in this referendum, please read the details below or click here to learn more about Referendums.


What is the UPass?

The UPass provides all University of Guelph main campus students with affordable transportation to campus, downtown, and the greater City of Guelph. The UPass is sold at a significantly lower rate than the City of Guelph Post-secondary Semester Bus Pass. The previous UPass contract, which was negotiated for a five-year term, expired on April 30, 2021.


What is the referendum question asking?

Do you support a Universal Bus Pass fee for all University of Guelph, main campus, full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students, effective January 1, 2022, with the following terms?

  • Priced at $151 per each Fall, Winter and Summer semester, with an annual price increase of no more than 2% per academic year.
  • The City of Guelph commits to hold the fee increase at 2% or less for the next 5 years.
  • The contract term is indefinite unless the annual increase exceeds 2%, at which time another referendum must be held.

YES         NO

Click here to read the official preamble and question, including the terms of the proposed UPass.


When and where can I vote?

Electronic ballots will be sent to all student’s University of Guelph email accounts on October 4. Voting will run from October 4 - 8, 2021.