Saskatchewan

U of R students vote to fund pride centre

Students at the University of Regina have voted to make regular payments to the campus gay pride centre.

Students at the University of Regina have voted to make regular payments to the campus gay pride centre.

A referendum this week asked if full-time students would pay $1 and part-time students 50 cents per semester to fund the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity.

As a result of the referendum, it will receive about $20,000 a year.

Until now, the Pride Centre has had to apply annually for a grant from the students union. 

In future, money will be deducted automatically when students pay their tuition. There's also an opt-out clause for people who don't want to pay.

According to an unofficial tally of the referendum results posted online, 86 per cent of the 479 students who cast ballots voted in favour.

The university has about 12,000 students, so the turnout was about four per cent.

The Pride Centre says it provides a safe space, a resource library, peer-to-peer support and "safer sex supplies." It also organizes social events.

 A similar vote was held in 2008, but students did not approve it.