Student Meal Plans: answering your questions

 

You asked, we answered - see below for commonly asked questions:


Do I need a Student Meal Plan?

  • Are you a first year student living in residence? Yes you do need a Student Meal Plan.
  • Are you an upper year student living in residence? Yes you do need a Student Meal Plan.
  • Do you live off-campus? No you do not need a Student Meal Plan, but you can still buy one if you would like.

Read more about our Student Meal Plans here.
 



Can I opt out of a Student Meal Plan?

  • Are you a first year student living in residence? Then no you cannot opt out of a Student Meal Plan.
  • Are you an upper year student living in residence? Then no you cannot opt out of a Student Meal Plan.

Read more about our Student Meal Plans here.
 



What does each Student Meal Plan include?

  • We have a meal plan type called a “Declining Balance” meal plan
  • This means that you start with a total amount of money in your account, and as you spend it, it declines from your account
    • It does not matter if you only eat two meals a day, or if you eat five meals a day, because it only removes money from your account when you purchase food
    • You do not lose money for not eating breakfast; you only spend money when you purchase food
  • You can buy food anywhere on campus, and at our off campus partners
  • Student Meal Plans also “include” up to a 13% savings on all “Basic” purchases (save the tax)

Read more about our Student Meal Plan options here.
 



What is the purpose of having both “Basic” dollars and “Flex” dollars in a Student Meal Plan?

  • Each Student Meal Plan includes two accounts: "Basic" funds and "Flex" funds
     
  • The terms “Basic” and “Flex” refer to the account your funds are coming from for the food you are purchasing:
     
    • Basic” funds are the tax-exempt portion of your Student Meal Plan.  Any purchase of a meal on campus (with the exception of meals from the Blind Duck, Chatime, Duck Stop, food trucks, and most vending machines) qualifies as a Basic purchase
       
    • Flex” funds can be used to purchase all items that don't qualify as a Basic-eligible meal
      • You can use your Flex funds for:
        • Snack items
        • Beverages
        • Convenience items
        • Confectionary
        • Grocery items
        • Vending machines with card readers
        • The Blind Duck (in the Student Centre)
        • Chatime (in the Student Centre)
        • The Duck Stop (in the Student Centre)
        • Participating food trucks on campus
        • Our off campus partners
           
  • When you use “Basic” funds, you SAVE 13% on each purchase because they are tax exempt
  • Basic or Flex funds cannot be used to make purchases at the UTM Bookstore

 

Please note: For 2021-2022 we updated the Basic-eligibility of products to meet the updated Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines on Meal Plans.  Consequently, some of the Basic-eligibility of products may have changed from last year to this year. 

Here are two examples that best identify how the changes impact your Basic-eligible purchases:

Examples Last Year This Year
Brewed Coffee
Purchased Individually
Deducted from Basic
(Prepared Food and Beverages)
Deducted from Flex (Unless
Purchased with a Meal)
Individual Chocolate Bar
Purchased with a Meal
Deducted from Flex
Deducted from Basic (Snack Food
included with a Meal)
 


Read more on Student Meal Plan options here.
 



What is the difference between all of the Student Meal Plans?

  • Each Student Meal Plan has a different monetary value so that you are able to purchase a plan that reflects how often you will be eating on campus and the size of your appetite
    • If you will be on campus through the week, and on weekends, you will want a larger plan
    • If you plan to leave campus on the weekends, you will need a smaller plan
    • If you have a large appetite, you will need a larger plan
    • If you have a smaller appetite, you will need a smaller plan

Read more on Student Meal Plan options here.
 



What if I change my mind about which plan I want?

  • If you choose a plan then change your mind, you can change your plan

Read more about Important Dates and Deadlines here.
 



How do I know which Student Meal Plan to choose?

  • Will you be staying on campus on the weekends? Do you have a large appetite? Try the Plus 250 plan.
  • Will you be staying on campus on the weekends? Do you have a smaller appetite? Try the Plus 100 plan.
  • Will you be leaving campus on the weekend? Do you have a large appetite? Try the Full 250 plan.
  • Will you be leaving campus on the weekends? Do you have a smaller appetite? Try the Full 100 plan.

Read more on Student Meal Plan options here.
 



Why is a Student Meal Plan a smart idea?

  • YOU SAVE MONEY:
    • You do not pay tax on "Basic" dollar purchases (a savings of 13%)
       
  • SPEND MONEY ON FOOD, SMARTER:
    • We provide a Budget Planner so you can understand the rate at which you are spending your money – will you run out of money too soon? Will you have too much money at the end of the year left over?
    • Based on your spending habits you may choose to change your plan, that is easy to do (as long as it is before the deadline)

See how you can change your plan here.

Please also note the Important Dates and Deadlines
 

  • USE YOUR STUDENT MEAL PLAN ON AND OFF CAMPUS
  • ONE CARD FOR CONTACTLESS PURCHASES
    • Don’t worry about carrying multiple cards around campus, your TCard can be used at all foodservice locations
    • Don’t worry about PINs or inserting cards – TCards are enabled with tap technology

Read more on Student Meal Plans here.
 



How do I make sure I get all of the correct inofrmation from the University of Toronto Mississauga regarding Student Meal Plans?

*Activate and utilize your Utoronto email account*

Your UTORid is required to activate and access your University of Toronto email account. All university communication will be sent to this email address, so it is essential that you get into the practice of checking it regularly. Your email account will be activated at the same time that you activate your UTORid.

You are responsible for setting up an official university email address and for correspondence sent to you by the University at that account.

Only university-sponsored email addresses (those ending in mail.utoronto.ca, utoronto.ca or toronto.edu) can be updated through ACORN. Please make certain you update your U of T email address as soon as possible and before classes begin.
 


 

Questions? Contact us!

mealplan.utm@utoronto.ca
(905) 569-4795
Davis Building suite 3127

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