Student Meal Plans

Understand the difference between Basic & Flex Dollars


Think about it like this...

What is considered Flex?

  • A snack (chocolate bars, chips, etc.)
  • A dessert (cake, cookies, donut, etc.)
  • A beverage on its own (pop, coffee, Perrier, etc.) 

So when you eliminate those Flex items, it leaves you with entrées. Entrées are Basic. And when you purchase a Basic entrée, you can add on Flex items, and they will all qualify as Basic, as it completes a "meal". 

  • Muffin (can traditionally be a breakfast entrée)
  • Salad (traditionally an entrée)
  • Pasta (traditionally an entrée)
  • Burger (traditionally an entrée)
  • Hot made-to-order dish (traditionally an entrée)

NOW add on a beverage and/or a snack and/or a dessert, and it is all BASIC.   


Please note:

  • In each transaction you may have an unlimited number of entrées (all Basic)
  • However, in each transaction with at least 1 entrée, in order to keep this a Basic transaction, you may only add up to 2 Flex items (1 x beverage + 1 x side)
    • E.g.: if you add 2 beverages: 1 beverage will be charged under Basic and the second beverage will be charged as Flex
    • E.g.: if you add 2 sides: 1 side will be charged under Basic and the second side will be charged as Flex
    • E.g.: if you add 1 beverage and 3 sides: the 1 beverage & 1 side will be covered under Basic, but the remaining 2 sides will be charged as Flex


Note: that this only applies to Aramark food service outlets; excludes Blind Duck, Chatime, off-campus partners, vending machines, & food trucks


Basic Dollars

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 Account

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

Questions? Contact us!

(905) 569-4795
William G. Davis building, Suite 3127

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