OPIRG is the Ontario Public Interest Research Group A network of PIRGs currently exists across much of Canada and the U.S. The PIRGs were launched by “public interest” activist Ralph Nader in the early seventies as a means to harness the energy and talents of students to help solve pressing social and environmental problems. The OPIRG Guelph chapter was founded at the University of Guelph in 1976 following a visit that Nader made to Waterloo.
OPIRG Guelph works on a variety of environmental and social justice issues of public interest by conducting research, developing popular education materials, and engaging in activism. We help individuals to become active in their community by providing information through our Resource Centre and opportunities for hands on training and activism. Funding and support opportunities are also available to individuals and groups wishing to undertake new initiatives.
For more information about OPIRG Guelph, visit our website.