Elections and Referenda

Every year during the GSA General Election, graduate students at the University of Alberta cast votes to elect fellow graduate students to five Directly-Elected Officer positions: President, Vice-President Academic, Vice-President External, Vice-President Labour, and Vice-President Student Services. These student executives represent graduate students on committees and councils across campus and to all levels of government. Graduate students also elect ten Councillors-at-Large, who sit on GSA Council and represent all University of Alberta graduate students. 

GSA Referenda take place in years when graduate students are asked to vote on key issues. Past referenda have resulted in the implementation and/or continuation of graduate student services such as the GSA Health and Dental Plan, the Graduate Student Assistance Plan (GSAP), and the U-Pass program, as well as the creation of the GSA Dedicated Fee which enables graduate students to support the on-campus radio station, CJSR. Read the Vice-President's message about the upcoming GSAP and U-Pass Referenda here.

2021 General Election and Referenda Results 

In 2021, graduate students had the opportunity to not only elect the five Directly-Elected Officers and ten Councillors-at-Large as part of the GSA General Election, but they also had the chance to vote on the continuation of two essential services: the Graduate Student Assistance Program (GSAP) and the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass). These services were established by referendum and their continuation was dependent on the outcome of their respective referendum. 


GSA Bylaw and Policy governs the Election and Referenda. If you have any questions, please contact the GSA Chief Returning Officer at gsa.elections@ualberta.ca


The results of previous GSA General Elections and GSA Referenda are available in the GSA Elections and Referenda Archive. A record of GSA Chief Returning Officer and GSA Speaker decisions and appeal decisions can also be found there.