The Marine Institute Students’ Union (MISU) was incorporated in 1991. It is committed to the provision of services to students as well as representing the student body at the national, provincial and institute levels in matters affecting the quality of student life.


The MISU is a prominent member of The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The CFS provides a voice for students at over 64 universities, colleges, and technical institutes across Canada including more than 32,000 students in Newfoundland and Labrador. The national body has a strong presence in Ottawa and ensures students’ opinions are known on Parliament Hill. Services provided by CFS include the National Student Health Network, student saver cards, Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP), International Student Identity Cards (ISIC), and Travel Cuts. The CFS Newfoundland and Labrador (CFS-NL) ensures student’s opinions are known in the Provincial House of Assembly. The MISU takes part in the CFS bi-annual conferences to discuss and form policies on behalf of students.


Within the Institute, the MISU has representation on a number of committees, including the Marine Institute Industry Advisory committee and the Academic Council, where the Union members ensure that student well-being is at the forefront in all policies affecting student life. The MISU provides the student health plan. Many social and recreational activities are planned and sponsored by the MISU including Winter Carnival held during the last week of January. Profits from the social activities are returned to the students in the form of scholarships. The MISU manages and maintains the student lounge - The Mariner’s Lounge.


Elections for the Student Union Council are held during the year. All students are encouraged to become involved by running for a position and voting in the elections. Council members receive an honorarium for their involvement.