Applications Open – Pantry Hamper Program!

📣NOW LIVE!📣 our Pantry Hamper registration is open! Register here. This service is currently available for Kelowna-based students. Students can register for a max of 1 hamper per week, and a max of 2 per month. After students register, they will be emailed by OCSU staff with their pick up date and time. Please note that we are limited to a max of 60 students per week due to safety regulations!

Coming Soon – Pantry Hamper Program!

📣 NEW SERVICE ALERT 📣 Our Pantry remains closed to students, so we’ve decided to bring it to you in the form of Hampers! 🍱

The OCSU hamper program is based in Kelowna, and is designed to assist with short term food insecurity. Students must pre register for a hamper- Registration launches JANUARY 15th! Links to the form will be on our website and our socials!

Hamper pick ups begin JANUARY 22! And will go every Friday until the end of the semester. Student must come to campus to pick up their order. Masks covering your mouth and nose will be mandatory! 😷 Students can register for a max of 2 hampers a month- but only 1 per week. We are looking forward to seeing you safely for your orders! 👋 Pick up times and locations will be communicated directly to those who order. If you have any questions about this service please email our campus Organizer, Megan at POTTER@OCSU.ca

Taking the bus this semester?

OC students in Kelowna can purchase discounted student passes at Kelowna City Hall! The monthly pass sells for $55 (normally $70) and a Semester pass is available for $176. City Hall is the only place these passes are available for purchase, as our office remains closed until further notice.

To buy a pass, head down to Kelowna City Hall (1435 Water Street, near the Queensway Bus Loop) weekdays between 8am and 4pm. Proof of enrolment at OC is required in order to buy a student bus pass, so don’t forget to bring your student ID! Other documents (like a printout of your class schedule) are acceptable as well.

The semester passes are valid from January 1st until April 30th and are only sold until the last week or so of January. Monthly passes are valid from the first day of the month to the last.


Student Bus Pass Prices
Monthly: $55
Semester: $176
Sheet of 10 single use tickets: $22.50

Proof of enrolment at OC is mandatory at time of purchase.

Fund it. Fix it.

Tuition fees have skyrocketed over the last two decades, more than doubling since 2001. Where average tuition fees were $2,500 in 2000, they are over $5,900 in 2019; the average cost of obtaining a degree has increased by over $13,700 in tuition fees alone. The reason for this is clear: years of cuts and neglect have resulted in an underfunded system that makes up for funding on the backs of students and their families.

In recent years, the proportion of public funding to BC colleges and universities has dropped to less than 44% of total operating revenue, down from more than 80% in the 1980s and more than 90% in the 1970s; the proportion of tuition fee revenues now makes up 48% of institutions’ revenue — surpassing the proportion from government funding. This constitutes a massive divestment in public education for the current generation of young people compared to the support provided to those who attended college and university in past decades.

With the rising cost of tuition fees, add to those costs a multitude of new ancillary fees, ballooning housing costs, rapidly inflating transportation costs and other increased living costs, and it is easy to see why so many students are struggling. Compounding the squeeze on students and their families is the fact that wages have remained stagnant, and student financial assistance has not kept pace with need.

Our public post-secondary education system needs a renewed prioritization and investment from the BC government. With it, the government can freeze tuition fees at current levels and establish a plan to progressively reduce fees in the future. This action is absolutely necessary to help make life more affordable for BC students and their families.

How can we tell the next generation that they can’t afford to dream? When it comes to British Columbia’s post-secondary system, we need to fund it, and fix it, now.

In recent years, the proportion of public funding to BC colleges and universities has dropped to less than 44% of total operating revenue, down from more than 80% in the 1980s and more than 90% in the 1970s; the proportion of tuition fee revenues now makes up 48% of institutions’ revenue — surpassing the proportion from government funding. This constitutes a massive divestment in public education for the current generation of young people compared to the support provided to those who attended college and university in past decades.

With the rising cost of tuition fees, add to those costs a multitude of new ancillary fees, ballooning housing costs, rapidly inflating transportation costs and other increased living costs, and it is easy to see why so many students are struggling. Compounding the squeeze on students and their families is the fact that wages have remained stagnant, and student financial assistance has not kept pace with need.

Our public post-secondary education system needs a renewed prioritization and investment from the BC government. With it, the government can freeze tuition fees at current levels and establish a plan to progressively reduce fees in the future. This action is absolutely necessary to help make life more affordable for BC students and their families.

How can we tell the next generation that they can’t afford to dream? When it comes to British Columbia’s post-secondary system, we need to fund it, and fix it, now.

(via wearebcstudents.ca)

Free Virtual Doctor Visits with Maple!

Starting December 1st, your health and dental coverage includes access to Maple virtual care, courtesy of Green Shield Canada! Access runs until at least February 28 2021, and is available at no additional cost to you.

Your coverage includes 4 general practitioner visits, shared by you and your family. Many different medical issues can safely be treated virtually, including cold & flu, infections, chronic conditions, and more. Maple’s doctors can even issue prescriptions, order lab work, and complete imaging requisitions.

Learn more at getmaple.ca/gsc.

OCSU Menstruation Kits

You can now request (and receive!) free menstruation products from OCSU online! Your students’ union believes that cost should not be a barrier in accessing menstrual hygiene supplies.

OC Serves Up – New guidelines!

OC Serves Up has seen steady growth in the program since launching in July, with more and more students accessing it each week as well as many repeat users. To accommodate this growth, we have updated the application process as of Monday November 9th.

Students will be able to sign up via a Google Form, which we hope will make the process faster and easier. The link is included at the bottom of this post and is also available in our header menu, app, and social media.

To help everyone adjust to this new system, we will continue to accept applications via email for the next few weeks.
Our current guidelines for accessing the program still apply, including:

  • The deadline to apply for a meal is 10:30am the day of
  • Applications must not be submitted more than 24 hours in advance
  • Program runs Monday through Friday
  • Pickup is inside the OC Cafeteria. Wearing a mask is mandatory.
  • Meals may need to be heated prior to consuming (Please note that there are currently no microwaves for student use on campus)

Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/ocservesup