How it works

The Quebec Student Union is an alliance of 12 university student associations, collectively representing more than 100,000 members across Québec.
How it works


There are two types of members : individuals and associations. The individual student members are at the very heart of the QSU’s processes. They are the ones who decide what the QSU should work on, through their participation at their local associations. Individual members and member student associations have privileged access to the QSU’s documents and services. For their part, member associations are responsible for representing the individual members within the QSU and overseeing the Union’s work.

Decision-Making Bodies

The Caucus
The Caucus meets five times a year. Every campus-level university student association is invited to participate, but only member associations have the right to vote. The Caucus takes all the Union’s political decisions. It then adopts mandates for its committees. The latter meet in a more informal setting, as often as needed, to fulfill the mandates they’ve received (for example, developing action plans and research).

General Assembly
The General Assembly meets at least once a year, in April. It is composed of delegates from each member association. The Assembly has the power to elect the Union’s officers to its Coordinating Committee, adopt annual working orientations and can amend, adopt and repeal the QSU’s by-laws.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets once every two months and manages the QSU’s financial and administrative affairs. It is composed of one member from each member association and three members of the Coordinating Committee : the President, the Vice-President and the Secretary General.
Decision-Making Bodies

The Committees

National Council for Graduate Studies and Research
This council is composed of all member associations whose members are entirely or partly registered in a graduate program. It is responsible for addressing issues that specifically affect graduate students and university research. It receives its own annual budget and is empowered to carry out its own political advocacy, as long as its positions don’t run contrary to those adopted by the QSU.

Regional Associations' Committee
Because of the specific issues faced by associations in outlying regions, it’s critical that they have a space to collaborate and resources to carry out their actions. The committee is composed of all member associations whose main campus’ head office is located outside the Island of Montréal or Québec City. It addresses issues specific to the regions and receives its own annual budget.

Sociopolitical Affairs Committee
This advisory committee is responsible for managing the work plan and producing content for all dossiers related to civic issues outside higher education, such as the environment, student housing, provincial and federal elections, etc.

Academic Affairs Committee
This advisory committee is responsible for managing the work plan and producing content for all dossiers related to higher education, such as student financial aid, obligatory institutional fees, university funding, internships, etc.

Institutional Affairs Committee
This advisory committee is responsible for managing all institutional dossiers, such as the association’s by-laws and policies. Only QSU member associations may sit on this committee.

Specific Working Committees
Committees working on specific issues may be created by the Caucus. These are always temporary coalitions created to work on a specific issue during a given timeframe that are open to non-member associations. They are a critical way for the Quebec Student Union to work closely alongside civil society and the pitfalls of working in a silo.
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