The Free Market ‘store’ serves the environmental purpose of reducing waste materials through reuse, and the social justice purpose of providing free goods to those who need them.

About Us

Mission Statement

OPIRG works to create and sustain student and community-based engagement through research, education and action on social justice and environmental issues; challenging oppression in all its forms; and using consensus-based decision-making in a non-hierarchical and accessible setting.

Brief History

  • Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) was first established in Ontario in 1973. Today there are about a dozen PIRGs across Ontario and several across the country.
  • In 1976 via a campus-wide referendum OPIRG Peterborough became an autonomous member of the Ontario PIRG’s movement.
  • The Peterborough Chapter of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) has provided a space, a multitude of resources and support for students and community members to develop activist and transferable skills, while they work on social and environmental issues that are of utmost importance to them and their communities to implement social change.

What we offer

  • Professional development training in anti-oppression and consensus based decision- making
  • Volunteer and Board member opportunities which can be great resume boosters.
  • Through TWSP and TIP we also offer about 4 paid positions to students each school year, and through Canada Summer Jobs we usually offer 2 paid positions during the summer months.
  • Research projects through the Trent Community Research Center. This year, students are researching how to minimize burn out on a volunteer board of directors.
751 George Street N., Peterborough ON K9H 7P5. We’re located in room 102.
  • Class placements for highschool, undergraduate, or graduate programs.
  • Some events/workshops we have hosted in this year include:
    -> Annual Free Market Giveaway
    -> Vegan BBQ during Disorientation Week (which occurs each September)
    -> Succulent workshop with Tiny Greens during our Annual General Meeting
  • Funding for community initiatives. To see our funding guidelines click HERE.
  • A space and resources for Working Groups (click HERE for more). An example of a successful Working Group that OPIRG help create, support, and sustain is the Food Issues Group (FIG) . The group eventually turned into the popular Seasoned Spoon Cafe and Trent University
  • Disorientation Week every September. It is a week of workshops, discussions, tours, and events that engage new and returning students, as well as the Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) community, that challenge you to think differently and focus on social and environmental justice issues.

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