YURA welcomes as members anyone who has officially retired from any position at York University, whether faculty or non-academic staff. If you missed joining us during your first or any previous years of your retirement, you can still join at any time.
We have recently made changes to the process to complete the registration for membership, with the introduction of electronic transfer for the payment of fees for those of you who prefer this method. We do recognize that this is not something that all members will be comfortable using, so returning the New Member Application form with a cheque by the postal service is the second option.
How to complete payment by e-transfer:
Membership registration by e-transfer is a two-step process. YURA has a separate email address that is only used for membership registration: firstname.lastname@example.org. First, e-transfer the membership fee, $25, to email@example.com according to the instructions below. Second, download the New Membership Form from the link below, fill it out, save it, and then send the saved form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to enact an e-transfer: The following instructions have been worded to help first time users.
To complete an e-transfer to email@example.com, you must first sign up for On-Line Banking. Go to the Web Site of your Bank or Credit Union and follow the instructions to activate On-Line Banking. You will need your Bank Card number and will be asked to create an On-Line Banking Password.
To initiate an Internet e-Transfer: Sign into On-Line Banking and select Transfer - Interac e-Transfer. Next step is to fill in the fields indicating the Name of the Recipient (YURA) and email address of the Recipient (firstname.lastname@example.org). Add the amount ($25.00) and select your account from which it is to be drawn. YURA has 'auto deposit' in place, so for most YURA members there should be no need to enter a Security Question and Answer. HOWEVER, some smaller financial institutions (e.g. Alterna Savings, Tangerine, etc.) still require a security question and answer. IF YOU ARE USING ONE OF THESE INSTITUTIONS, please use: Question: University name? Answer: York. After you have input this, your transfer will auto deposit.
IMPORTANT! Remember to also send a completed New Membership Form to email@example.com so that we can finalize your registration. Although we ask retirees to register their YURA membership by August 15th each year, you may become a new member or renew at any time. The membership year expires at September 30th with the new membership year commencing October 1st.
How to complete New Membership registration by cheque:
To register for YURA membership by cheque, please complete the New Membership Form (click the link above) and mail it with your cheque for $25 payable to YURA to the following address:
YURA, c/o Charles Bisram, Faculty Relations, 276 York Lanes, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3.
Although we ask retirees to register their YURA membership by August 15th each year, you may become a new member or renew at any time. The membership year expires at September 30th with the new membership year commencing October 1st.
Your YURA membership card and parking passes will be mailed to you. (Unfortunately, they cannot be distributed in person to you.) Please note that parking passes for 2022-23 will NOT be active before October 1, 2022. Instructions for the use of parking passes with the new HONK parking system will be included in the package mailed to you.
It is very important that you submit the Membership Renewal Form with your payments, whether by mail or e-mail. Without the form, we are unable to know whether parking passes are being requested and whether there is interest in YURA involvements. This necessitates follow-up communication. So please remember to submit your form! It is a fillable PDF, so once you've filled it in, just save it on your computer and then email it to us an attachment. You only need to print it if you are renewing by regular mail.