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Transforming Social Concerns Into Effective Actions

Transforming Social Concerns Into Effective Actions

LPIRG is a student-funded, student-directed, not-for-profit organization providing resources for undergraduate students to engage with environmental and social justice issues.

COVID-19 Protocol

LPIRG encourages the use of masks and requests that folks use a mask in the LPIRG office space.

COVID-19 Protocol



LPIRG is a student-funded, student-directed, not-for-profit organization providing resources for undergraduate students to engage with environmental and social justice issues.

LPIRG embraces plurality and participation and encourages students to critically evaluate the institutions and systems in which they take part. LPIRG assists students in translating their knowledge through research, education, and action to serve public interest.

LPIRG provides funding, administrative assistance, meeting and storage space, and information resources to students who have projects that are in the public interest.

Funding can be accessed for:

  • Research

  • Special Events or Projects

  • Working Groups (-collectives of students and possibly community members who work together on a public interest issue. Groups may focus on research, events, action, publications, or other activities; and have long-term goals.)

How is LPIRG accountable?

LPIRG is a democratic organization that is accountable directly to the University of Lethbridge Students in the following ways:

  • Any undergraduate student can run for election to the LPIRG board

  • All board meetings and general meetings are open to all students

  • Students are encouraged to volunteer with LPIRG

  • LPIRG keeps financial records and produces an annual report, both of which are available to students

  • Students can opt out of the LPIRG fee (5 CAD per Fall and Spring semester) and receive a full refund as well. Once they have opted out, they are no longer able to request or obtain funding from LPIRG and vote at the Annual General Meeting. Folks who have chosen to opt out are still welcome and encouraged to attend LPIRG events! Contact us for the Fee Opt Out form.

Board of Directors

LPIRG has a board of directors consisting of seven (7) undergraduate students that work on a consensus-based model. These members are democratically elected during the same time period as the ULSU election in the spring semester. Contact us to find out how you can run to be elected to next year's board.

Not a UofL student but want to be a member of LPIRG? 

The Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG) is a student-led, student-directed non-profit providing financial and administrative resources for students to get involved with social and climate justice! By becoming an official community member, you will gain the ability to apply for event, project, research, and travel funding! You will also be able to form your own working group and receive administrative support! Please note, becoming a member does NOT guarantee funding.


 Non-members are still encouraged to participate in and all LPIRG events but do not have access to funding.


The membership fee is 6.50 CAD a semester.

LPIRG Documents

Class Visits

LPIRG would love the opportunity to visit your classroom to share what LPIRG does here on campus and how students can access funding and other supports! Our presentation is only 5 - 10 minutes and can be done remotely if prefered! We may even pass out some buttons! Click below to sign up!


Class visits
Get Funded


LPIRG Research Grant Application

Travel Grant Application

LPIRG Event and Project Grant Application 

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Working groups


What are working groups?

What are working groups?

Working groups are collectives (and possibly community members) who work together on a public interest issue and have long-term goals. Groups may focus on research, events, action, publications, or other activities. If you are interested in forming your own action group, swing by the office and let's chat.


Why join a working group?

Why join a  working group?

  • ​Funding, administrative, and organizational support from LPIRG.

  • Access to LPIRG office space for meetings and storage.

  • Raising public awareness through printing, button making, web space, and email publicity.

  • Assistance with project organizing, including volunteer recruitment, training, and planning

  • Lots of love from LPIRG!

Working Group Grant Applications

Want to form a working group?!

LPIRG provides funding, administrative, and organizational support to working groups. Resources will be made available (meeting, file, and storage space), library resources, web space, LPIRG staff and volunteer support, list-serve and action network, as well as equipment (PA system, button maker, laptop).

Working groups are expected to have regular communication with the LPIRG board of directors, supply a year-end report and have representation at the LPIRG AGM.

Join the Students for Accessibility Working Group!

This group aims to tackle systemic accessibility issues that impact University of Lethbridge students.

At present, our three main areas are: the Accommodated Learning Centre, the University of Lethbridge Health Centre, and the City of Lethbridge Public Transit.

In addition to LPIRG, we are working with advocates from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

Join LPIRG Education Campaign for Renters' Rights Working Group

Student renters are an increasingly vulnerable population, especially international students and those renting for the first time. A lack of understanding of the rights of tenants in Alberta can lead to the exploitation and unfair treatment of students. If renters in Alberta seek out additional information, this is often landlord-centred or neutral at best, but students need a much more clear picture on this information, that speaks to their unique needs. 


Help us create a thriving student body of informed community members that are better equipped to find housing, sign better agreements with landlords, end tenancies effectively and have a clear picture of what to do in a possible scenario when things are working out while the students live in their homes. 




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