The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill (QPIRG McGill) is a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, provides educational opportunities, and takes action on environmental and social justice issues at McGill and in the Montreal community. Its broad mandate brings together a wide range of activists interested in many different issues.
The framework for student-led Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) originated in the United States in the 1970s. The movement’s goal was to research government and corporate practices and lobby for the elimination of those found to be harmful to citizens or the environment. In the Canadian context, PIRGs have evolved to focus more on education and changing public opinion. QPIRG McGill’s activities provide citizens with tools and knowledge to promote informed and egalitarian civic participation.
For more information, see QPIRG McGill’s website.