GSA Frost Week 2018!

We have exciting activities planned for GSA Frost Week 2018!

Monday-Wednesday 2PM-4PM: $3 Chill
Monday and Tuesday at 7PM: Trivia 
Wednesday 9PM: Open Mic Night
Thursday 8:30AM-10:30AM: Pancakes served by your GSA Exec
Thursday 5PM: Craft Q&A hosted with Nickelbrook Brewery
Friday 8:30PM: Cultural Karaoke 



GSA Dental Plan Reimbursements

Students who have a TA-ship or an RA-ship this academic year are covered by the CUPE 3906 Dental Plan and are automatically opted out of the GSA Dental Plan. If you completed the opt-out process for the Dental and/or Health portions of the GSA Plan, your reimbursement will arrive by the method you selected (cheque or direct deposit)

  • Refunds via cheque will be mailed by Oct. 31, 2017. Please allow 7-14 business days for delivery.
  • Refunds via direct deposit should be received by Oct.31, 2017.

Any questions may be directed to the Member Services Centre, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5pm at 1-866-358-4434.

GSA Welcome Week Poster

GSA Welcome Week 2017

We have exciting activities planned for Welcome Week 2017! Join us for this week of activities and get to meet other graduate students at McMaster!

September 6th: Free LIVE entertainment at The Phoenix
September 7th: GSA and SGS FREE BBQ at The Phoenix
September 8th: Resource Fair at CIBC Hall
September 11th: PhD Bound but Then What? at CIBC Hall
September 13th: International graduate student fair at CIBC Hall

GSA Office Closure

Please be advised that the GSA office will be closed between July 31st and August 7th. The office will be re-opened on August 8th. Feel free to send us an email at during this time with your urgent matters.

HSR U-Pass/PRESTO Card Distribution

Starting August 19th, the Campus Store will begin distribution of the new HSR U-Pass/Presto cards. Attached are some FAQs giving more in depth information on the roll-out starting next week. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us at

Grad Student Appreciation Day

Please note that all graduate students with a valid GSA sticker can enjoy 25% off food purchases after 2:00 pm every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. If you don’t have your GSA sticker, feel free to pass by the GSA office before 1PM today to get your sticker.

Mark your calendars for July 7th and 21st for your 25% discount!

Click here to visit our website for The Phoenix for daily deals.

GSA Calendar

Keep up to date with what’s happening with the GSA!

Click here to view our public calendar for events, general meetings and other important dates for graduate students. You can even sync it to your existing calendar to get these notifications by clicking this link!

Referendum: HSR Bus Pass Agreement- PASSES

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) Referendum!

The results are unofficial at this time as any GSA member may challenge the validity of a referendum in a written submission to the Chief Returning Officer ( within two (2) business days after the close of voting. Such submission shall contain the appellant’s name, student number, telephone number and address, as well as a detailed account of the alleged reasons for invalidating the referendum.

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) Referendum Question – PASSES
Quorum for any referendum question shall be five percent (5%) of all eligible voters.
Option Votes
Yes 1122 (81.7%)
No 252 (18.3%)
Total 1411
Abstain 37 (2.6%)
Turnout: 1411 (36.6%) of 3854 electors voted in this ballot.
For more information, please contact the Chief Returning Officer (

Referendum: HSR Bus Pass Agreement


The GSA is asking you to vote on the following question regarding the graduate student bus pass fee starting in September 2017.

The vote will determine if graduate students mandate the GSA to sign the 3 years agreements with HSR following the fee increase indicated in the table below or if graduate students will have to pay for their bus passes individually at the full adult rate (should they choose to travel via this method).


Question: Do you agree to pay the following fees for HSR service over the next three years?

2017 – 2018: $232.70 per annum
2018 – 2019: $257.38 per annum
2019 – 2020: $284.40 per annum
N.B: In the absence of approval of the above fees, graduate student will not receive an HSR bus pass at a preferred rate for the three years.

Important Dates

  • Voting Period: May 8 – 10, 10 am – 6pm
  • Registration for campaign committees (first-come, first-serve basis) will open April 12, 10 am and close April 23, 6 pm
  • Campaign Period: April 24 10 am – May 7 6pm