Important Divestment Decision at UVic, But More Is Still Needed

On November 17th, the UVic Foundation announced that they have completely divested their public equity investments from fossil fuel extraction and processing. While this sounds like a victory, and it is, there is still more work to be done. The Foundation’s fixed and alternative investments still contain millions of dollars invested in fossil fuels.

Pushing against the force of industry influence at UVic, the Divest campaign has worked relentlessly for over eight years to see progress from the Foundation. We need to honour that this progress could not have happened without student and faculty organizing.

Moving forward, Divest UVic we will continue to pressure the university to be accountable to climate leadership. Read Divest UVic’s statement for more.

UVSS Statement: 2021 Annual General Meeting

On October 28th, 2021, the UVSS hosted our 2021 Annual General Meeting. Thank you to all of the students who took hours out of their day to come out and participate in this meeting. The UVSS is your student society, and student engagement is crucial to its success and effectiveness.

As the UVSS Board of Directors, it is our responsibility to listen to student opinion, advocate for their wellbeing, and support student success. While we do this work, we also ensure that we engage in transparent decision-making, are accountable for our actions, and act in alignment with our values, one of them being good governance.

In the interests of transparency and good governance, we are releasing this statement in response to events that occurred at our Annual General Meeting.

Petition to lower International MSP fees

Monthly health fees for international students increased from $37.50 to $75.00 in January 2020, causing increased stress and pressure to international students while damaging the image of BC as a leader in international academic collaboration and alliances.

The UVSS and GSS are working to support international students financially by lowering the International MSP fee (medical service premium fee) with a petition to the BC Legislative Assembly.

We are asking the BC government to eliminate international students’ MSP fees.

How to Get Involved

Join a Committee

Check out our committee schedule and a description of what committees are. These are all open committees, so you can just pop on in!

Attend Board Meetings

We have board meetings two Mondays a month at 6pm, which are live streamed via our Facebook page. You can see past minutes and upcoming agendas, too.

Volunteer with Us

We’re looking for many awesome volunteers throughout the year, and especially at the beginning of the term!

UVSS Statements

Trans Day of Remembrance

November 20th is Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which marks the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week.  Today and every day, we celebrate the lives of Trans, Nonbinary, Two-Spirit, and all gender-diverse people.

Read our full statement to learn about five essential action items that folks can follow to facilitate gender inclusivity in their lives.

UVSS Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, is a new statutory holiday established to recognize lives lost to and survivors of residential schools across so-called Canada. As students who work and study at an educational institution, the UVSS Board acknowledges the connection our education system has to places of violence that claimed to be ‘schools.’
The UVSS occupies space in the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, which is situated on the unceded, unsurrendered, and stolen territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Decolonization and Social Justice are key UVSS values, which direct our commitment to educate our members, create open dialogue, and take action to dismantle colonial systems.
Statement of solidarity with Indigenous land defenders

The UVSS Board stands in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders and their supporters across blockades on unceded Pacheedaht and Ditidaht territory (Fairy Creek, Walbran Valley, Eden Grove, Caycuse) and throughout what is colonially known as Vancouver Island.

The defense of old growth forests across so called British Columbia is resistance against historical and ongoing structures of settler-colonial violence and capitalism. These structures are upheld today by the continuous displacement of Indigenous peoples from the Land they hold living relationships with.

Health and Dental Plan

Who’s Covered?

Undergrad students who are members of the UVSS and are registered in at least 3 units of on-campus classes in September or January including co-op or distance students are automatically covered by the UVSS Enhanced Health & Dental Plan.

Two Coverage Options?

UVSS Members now have access to a flexible benefit model that offers students two different coverage options, the Enhanced Plan (higher coverage at higher cost) and the Basic Plan (lower coverage at lower cost).

Change of Coverage

Choose your coverage plan , mix and match portions of both, or opt out during the Change-of-Coverage Period each year.

  • Fall: August 24th to September 22nd
  • Winter: December 22nd to January 22nd

See studentcare.ca for more info.