Results of 2019 Special Referendum on JDUC Redevelopment

KINGSTON, ON – Below are the results of the 2019 Referendum on JDUC Redevelopment Project held among AMS members (undergraduate, Medicine, and MBA students at Queen’s). AMS voter turnout was 25.6%


Establishing a JDUC Redevelopment Fee

“Do you agree to the establishment of a mandatory, non-reviewable fee of $40 for the first two years, that will then increase to $73.92 on the third year of the fee (tied to CPI thereafter). This fee will be invested in the JDUC Redevelopment Project beginning in 2019-2020.”


Choice          Votes          Percentage


YES                 2379           52.3%


NO                  2169           47.7%


ABSTAIN        152             3.2%


AMS President Miguel Martinez released the following statement:

“We are thrilled with the outcome of the referendum and want to thank every single student who took the time to participate in surveys, consultations, focus groups, town halls, and voted.”

“We are excited to work with the University administration, our partners at Physical Plant Services (PPS), the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), and the architects who made this project possible. Students will continue to guide the trajectory of the project as it moves toward a detailed design for the new JDUC. Thank you to everyone who participated in this project and we encourage students to remain engaged going forward.

“I would also like to thank the people whose contributions got us to this point. Without the following people, this project would not have been possible:

  • Carola Bloedorn – Director, Design and Construction for PPS
  • Isabelle Nault – Architecture and Design Manager for PPS
  • Donna Janiec – Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)
  • Daniel Woolf – Principal & Vice Chancellor
  • Tom Harris – Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
  • HDR and MJMA Architects”


Please direct all media inquiries to Rachael Heleniak, AMS Director of Communications, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850


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The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 17,750 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 800 paid staff.


Effective May 1 2022 our new address is (Lasalle) 146 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2V8

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