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Programs & events

CUSP supports student parents in many ways: a computer lab and lounge, a school supplies program, winter coat and toy bazaars and more.

Parents at CUSP Orientation session

Programs and recurring events


Come join us for CUSP’s Orientation at the beginning of September to welcome new student parents and their families, together with returning student parents.  This is a great opportunity to meet CUSP Staff, learn about CUSP and different services at Concordia, meet student parents, etc.

 If you can’t make it for the September Orientation, or if you begin school in January, don’t worry! We are always happy to share all the important information with you by scheduling a one-on-one information appointment at any time that suits you!

Backpack to School Program

For the last 5 years, CUSP's Backpack to School Supplies Program, largely sponsored by the CONCORDIA STORES (, has been outfitting elementary and high school aged children at the beginning of the school year.

The Concordia Store’s contribution helps student parents who have many financial responsibilities at the beginning of the Fall term.

The CONCORDIA STORES ( are proud to contribute to this great initiative by supplying all the school supplies that are packed into the Backpacks and they wish all the student parents a very successful start to the School year!

Le Gym Program

CUSP collaborates with Le Gym ( ) to offer student parents discounted gym passes each semester. 

Through these subsidized passes, Le Gym ( ) is pleased to provide some financial relief to student parents and encourages all students to be healthy and active! Don’t miss out and register today to take advantage of the various facilities offered by Le Gym!

CUSP’s Lending Library

With amazing support from Frontier College ( as well as from the Concordia Community, CUSP is able to stock a free “Lending Library”. Come visit our Resource Center where you will find books for your children to borrow. Come in and browse through our wonderful collection!

Free Goods Bazaar

Each semester, we organize a Free Goods Bazaar where slightly used clothes, shoes and household items are donated to CUSP by faculty and staff. Come in and pick up something useful, for you and your children.  


Let us help you learn how to cook easy, economical, nutritious meals for you and your family!

Our monthly Cook-Outs offer the opportunity for student parents and their children to meet each other and cook a healthy meal together.  As a bonus you can bring home some leftovers for those busy nights!

Sunday Study Break

Let us take care of your children while you study!

Register for this Bi-monthly program that will give you a couple of hours of free time on a Sunday afternoon to work on your studies in our Computer Lab. Your children if old enough will benefit from an Art Class!

Community Art Program

The purpose of the workshop is to give children the tools and guidance they need to create & appreciate art, as well as to give the student teachers who are running the program the opportunity to grow as art educators.  The activities could vary between arts & crafts, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, etc.

Parents are welcome to use this free time to relax or study at CUSP.

Homework Club

Your child needs help with their schoolwork? Look no further……

CUSP offers school aged children help with their academics. Register your child for the Saturday Homework Club and bring in their homework, assignments, past exams, books, questions etc. Our College and University level volunteers are bi-lingual and have received training from Frontier College's Literacy Program ( CUSP Staff will supervise the tutoring in our lounge while the parents study or relax in CUSP's Computer Lab.

Language Conversation Group

CUSP offers students an opportunity to practice their spoken English or French in a small group with a facilitator who is a native speaker.  The English Conversation Group and the French Conversation Group meet on different days and you are welcome to join either or both.

Life Skills Workshops

CUSP organizes several life skills workshops during the academic year. We invite subject matter experts to share their expertise with us. Some of our recent workshops: Emergencies at Concordia, Presenting and Leadership and Conflict Management.

Halloween and Spring Parties:

CUSP hosts various Family Life Events during the year where student parents have an opportunity to socialize with each other and enjoy activities with their children.

Holiday Celebration

Our way of celebrating the Holiday Season is with a family-friendly event where we enjoy delicious treats, have games and activities and give a special gift to every child.

Graduation Celebration

Bring the whole family and celebrate your graduation. You and your children will delight in the games, henna designs, face painting and a buffet lunch.

Member’s Benefits and Subsidies Around Campus

CUSP works with other Concordia departments to offer our member’s additional benefits. This past summer, CUSP Members were offered an opportunity to register with  Camp Melody, a free music summer camp being held at the Loyola Campus.

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