Retirees' Association

Retirees Association of Queen's

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Agnes Etherington Art Centre

All retired faculty and staff are welcome to visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (, Canada’s premier university art gallery. It presents around fifteen exhibitions annually, and also offers a host of lectures, tours, film screenings, artists’ talks and other public programs. There is a reduced admission rate for those 55 and over ($3.00 instead of $5.00). Gallery Association members are admitted free and the annual membership fee is reduced for those 60 and over ($25 instead of $40). There is a unique gift shop located on the main entrance level of the Gallery and an Art Rental & Sales Gallery on the main level as well. Neither has an admission fee and browsing is encouraged. All public spaces are wheelchair accessible, and a wheelchair is available for visitor use. 

Alumni Review

All retired faculty and staff are entitled to receive the Queen’s Alumni Review free of charge (by mail).  A subscription form is included in the retirement package distributed by the Pension and Benefits Office. The Queen’s Alumni Review is also available online at

Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)

A preferred membership rate to the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) is available to retired Queen’s faculty and staff who wish to use the athletic facilities at Queen’s. This includes full access to fitness zones, pool, gym, racquet courts, all casual recreation activities and select fitness and wellness programs. Fitness classes as well as locker and laundry services are available for an additional fee. For full details about membership and classes offered at the ARC visit

Drama Department

Retired faculty and staff are invited to attend all Department of Drama productions. There is a senior’s ticket rate for major productions and retirees are entitled to this rate regardless of age. A listing of most departmental productions is available on the Department's web site or from the Departmental Office in the Theological Hall. The listing of major productions will also be included with RAQ mailings if it is available at the time of mailing. 

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Retirees are entitled to a variety of services provided by ITS. This includes an e-mail account as well as access to storage space to create and maintain personal Web pages. Access to the e-mail account or access to the Internet is available through the Queen's free modem pool at (613) 533-0360. Individuals may also access these services through the Toll account modem pool at (613) 533-0646 once a toll account has been established.  [NOTE: These dial-in services may be discontinued at any time.]


Individuals having access to these services are required to abide by the Computer User Code of Ethics. To set up an e-mail and toll account that includes Web space, please go to the Campus Computer Store, Room G13 Dupuis Hall, with your Retiree card.


The ITServices Desktop Assistant (Ida) can be downloaded from here. Ida will set up your connection at home using your Internet connection. Ida is also a service means at Queen's to distribute and maintain many popular software packages including anti-virus software, e-mail applications as well as application and operating system patches distributed by major suppliers, subject to the licensing restrictions imposed by suppliers, which may forbid distribution of some programs to retirees.


If you need technical assistance please contact the IT Support Centre ( by calling 613-533-6666 during regular business hours, or by filling out the online help form.


Retirees may also purchase computer equipment, software and supplies from the Campus Computer Store  (main floor of Dupuis Hall), subject to vendor licensing restrictions,  and access hardware repair services from the Micro Repair Group (lower level of Stauffer Library) on a fee-for-services basis.


Retirees who so desire can continue to be listed in the Queen’s electronic e-mail directory. The last e-mail address the person used before retirement (Queen’s or otherwise) will be used. Anyone wishing to change the listed e-mail address or be dropped from the directory should e-mail with the following information: retiree name, staff number, and old and new e-mail addresses (or request to be removed from the directory).


Retirees performing certain forms of unpaid service to the University may be provided with complimentary parking permits.  Details are available here. 

The Isabel

Discounts are offered to seniors (+55) and to all Queen's retirees. There also are group discounts. Early mailing of performing arts announcements giving details in advance of programs and social receptions for artists is available to all retirees who request this service. Please contact The Isabel at 613-533-2424 for more information. The box office at 390 King Street W. is open Monday to Friday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm.

Principal's Office

Invitations are mailed annually to all retirees within the Kingston area for the Principal's December Holiday Reception and Staff Awards presentations and for the Spring BBQ.

Queen's Journal

The Queen's Journal is published twice weekly September to November and January to April; once a week in November; usually not in December; and once a month May, June and July. Copies are available from many campus locations. Copies are also available on-line via   Subscriptions (by mail) are available at the rate of $110.00 a year. Contact the Queen's Journal Office at 190 University Avenue or 613-533-6711 for more information.

Queen's Library System

Retired staff and faculty are welcome to visit any of the library facilities and make use of the resources and services available (see for more information on individual library collections). Retirees are granted the same borrowing privileges as current staff and faculty.  There are no borrowing fees. These privileges may vary depending on the library and type of material.  Information on the borrowing policies may be obtained at  To set up an account with the Library System, retirees need only present their Queen's Retiree or Gold Staff Card at any Circulation Desk.

Queen's News

Retired faculty and staff can stay in touch with news and developments at the University by visiting the Queen's News Centre website  At this site, members can subscribe to a number of electronic services that can keep them informed about developments at Queen's via e-mail. Subscriptions to this service are free.

Queen's Quarterly

Queen’s Quarterly is pleased to offer a one-time complimentary subscription (4 issues) to interested retirees who provide a campus mail address. 

Those who wish home delivery are offered a one-time special rate of $10, after which regular rates will apply.

For more information please contact: Queen's Quarterly Office, 144 Barrie Street, 613-533-2667.

Send an e-mail to: or visit their website 

School of Music

The School of Music is pleased to offer to retirees an opportunity to see student ensemble concerts at a reduced admission price.  Students and seniors pay $7 for Music Dept productions. Some are free. All tickets are sold through the Isabel.  Most student ensemble concerts are held in Grant Hall in November and March.  In addition to retired faculty and staff members having a wonderful night out, the students in these ensembles gain valuable experience performing in front of a live audience.


Performance information is available on their website under "News and Events" at .


Student Awards: Course Tuition and Bursary Assistance

It is Queen's objective to support lifelong learning and in this regard Queen's retirees are eligible to take Queen's courses. If an individual requires need-based assistance to help with the payment of tuition he/she may apply for bursary assistance. Students younger than 65 years of age may apply on the Queen's General Bursary application form. Senior citizens (65 years or older) should contact the Student Awards Office prior to the start of the course with respect to the application process for the Senior Citizen Tuition Bursary. For more information contact the Student Awards Office, 225 Gordon Hall 613-533-2216.


Under the Queen's University - QUFA Collective Agreement 2011-15 spouses and dependent children (under the age of 25) of retired faculty who served continuously for 10 years or more may be eligible for tuition support. This tuition support benefit of up to $3,000 per academic year per eligible dependent can be applied to full-time or part-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs offered for credit at any recognized university or college.


For details, see the 2011-15 Queen’s University – QUFA Collective Agreement and look for the information on the “Tuition Support Plan.”