Frequently Asked Questions

“What does OPIRG stand for?”
OPIRG stands for Ontario Public Interest Research Group. 

“How do I get involved as a volunteer?”
We offer a flexible range of ways to become involved, no matter how much time you have or the skills you are looking to share. To find out what you might be interested in, email and we can set up a time to meet and talk about your passions, what you’d like to learn from us, and what skills we can give you!

“What resources do you have available for community use?”
Community members can access our Free Market and Green Dishes Project. We also partnered with Sadleir House to provide books in their library.

“What does it mean to be a member of OPIRG Peterborough?”
OPIRG Peterborough members can borrow OPIRG’s resources (such as documentary films), participate in OPIRG board elections by voting and/or running for a board position, and attend board meetings.

“If there is an issue I am passionate about, how do I take action?”
There are many ways that you can take action through OPIRG Peterborough! You can apply to start a Working Group, ask for OPIRG help organizing an event, or email to set up a meeting to talk about other potential options.

“How do I get involved in a working group?”
If there is a working group you are interested in getting involved in, visit their page on our website to find their contact information to get involved! If you’d like to start your own working group please see our Working Group Policy on this website.

“What does the Coordinator do?”
I work on various tasks including, but not limited to:
– managing our financials (reimbursements, budgeting, bookkeeping, etc.)
– training and supervising student staff, volunteers, and placement students
– facilitating anti-oppression and consensus decision making training
– managing our social media platforms and monthly newsletter
– overseeing our Free Market and Green Dishes programs
– creating independent and/or collaborating with other groups on events, campaigns and projects
– assisting the Board of Directors with updating policy, working group recruitment, etc.

Interested in learning more? Email our Coordinator, Samantha MacAndrew at

“Where is OPIRG Peterborough located?”
We are located in Room 102 in Sadleir House, 751 George Street North, Peterborough ON K9H 7P5.

“How do I opt out of my OPIRG fee?”
OPIRG Peterborough is a grateful recipient of a Trent student levy of $13.57 which is refundable.
The refund request deadline is September 30th for the fall semester and January 30th for the winter semester. Arrangements to pick up the refund will be made with you. Make sure to bring your student ID with you. We encourage students to learn more about what we do before deciding to opt-out and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us at