Beat the rush at the ONECard Office

The ONECard Office expects to issue roughly 11,000 ONECards this fall–about 60% more than a typical year. If you don’t already have one or need a replacement, now is the time to act.

After more than year of remote working and learning, it’s not uncommon to have misplaced on-campus essentials like keys to the office, a reusable coffee mug and for some of us…pants.

If you’re one of the many UVic staff and faculty who have misplaced their ONECards over the past 18 months, it’s time to plan so that you can beat the rush.

“We expect a major influx of students, staff and faculty requiring new or replacement cards this summer,” says Marilyn Cossaro, manager of the ONECard Program. “In a typical year we get quite a number of students who have lost their cards and need a new one. After a prolonged absence from campus for most students, staff and faculty, we think numbers will be much higher this year.”

Add to that the double cohort of first- and second- year students who are new to campus and need their first-ever ONECards and the numbers are sort of astounding.

“We’re anticipating issuing roughly 11,000 ONECards over the summer and early fall with most of those going out in the first week of September,” says Cossaro. “That’s about 60% more than a typical year.”

Your ONECard is a must-have tool for the UVic campusproviding discounts for on-site food, access to the library, recreation and so much more.

What can students, staff and faculty do to beat the rush? Cossaro advises if you need a ONECard, either new or a replacement, now is the time to act.

In response to COVID-19, the ONECard Office is offering services by appointment only. Book an appointment now to replace an existing card or pick up a pre-printed card. If you’re new to campus and haven’t owned a ONECard before, submit a photo online to allow for a quick and easy pickup before the September lineups start.

“If you’re working with students, please encourage them to get their ONECards early too,” adds Cossaro. “The more ONECards we can issue over the summer, the easier it will be for everyone in the fall.”