Advocating for Students
On campus, the Students' Union works to protect students' rights and advocates for the interests of its members. As a student, your experiences at Emily Carr University of Art + Design are not independent or isolated from those of the many other students here. Working with other students to improve your education (and society as a whole) by addressing issues that affect us all, such as waitlists, student debt, etc., is more effective than working alone.
Volunteers are always needed to lobby and campaign with the Students' Union and Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). In the past, student campaigns have proven effective in making changes and increasing awareness on a host of different issues affecting students.
Visit the Students' Union office in room 142 in the cafeteria to find out what campaigns and lobbying will be initiated this year. Pick up your free Students' Union Day Planner during welcome week or from the Students' Union office, or find out about membership in the Canadian Federation of Students.
Students' Union and CFS Fees
The University collects Students' Union fees when tuition fees are assessed and collected. The Emily Carr Students' Union is an organization comprised of all registered full and part-time students at the University. The current Students’ Union fee is $11.82 per three-credit course, to a maximum of $59.10 per semester. These figures include CFS fees.
The newspaper is published by the Emily Carr Students' Union and 5000 copies are distributed throughout the city of Vancouver. All students are encouraged to contribute and participate; no experience is necessary. Students interested in submitting writing or artwork, or who would like to become involved, can contact the Student Newspaper office in room 122, North Building.
The U Pass BC program is an integrated comprehensive transportation package that provides students in Metro Vancouver with universal, accessible and affordable access to public transit and other sustainable transportation programs. It is a mandatory program for all members of the Emily Carr Student Union and costs $30 per month ($120 per semester). The program was approved via student referendum in October 2010.
For more information on student eligibility and program conditions, please visit the U Pass BC page.
Student Health + Dental Plan
On March 29 and 30, 2006, Emily Carr students voted to increase the Students' Union membership fees in order to provide an Extended Health and Dental Plan. The plan supplements basic provincial coverage (MSP-Medical Services Plan) with drug, paramedical, medical supplies and dental coverage.
The plan is mandatory for all students unless they already have extended health and dental coverage from another source (parent, spouse, employer). In this case students can choose to opt-out of the plan before the posted deadline. Students may also elect to remain on the Emily Carr plan and coordinate benefits between this plan and their other plans for maximum benefits coverage. Coverage is effective September 1 and terminates August 31.
Students who have coverage from another source and who wish to 'opt-out' of the Emily Carr plan may do so by visiting the Emily Carr Students' Union website or through forms which can be obtained from the Students' Union Offices. Proof of alternative coverage will be required and consists of the insurance company name, group or plan number. Students should be sure that they DO NOT give out their certificate ID, Social Insurance Number, or any other individual identifying number as this information is private and confidential.
For more information visit the Students' Union website.
Contact the Students' Union
Emily Carr Students' Union Local 33 Canadian Federation of Students
142 - 1399 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9