External Resources

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff. Today, representing 68,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals, CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada.

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CAUT Defence Fund

The CAUT Defence Fund provides unionized Canadian academic member unions with a unified strike fund, supporting 25,000 academics across Canada.

The PRIMARY PURPOSE of the Defence Fund is to provide strike benefits to associations while its members are engaged in a strike or lock-out and experiencing loss of salary.

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Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA)

CAFA is the federation of the academic staff associations at Alberta's four research intensive universities. The four associations are: The Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta, Athabasca University Faculty Association, The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary and The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association. The objectives of the Confederation are to promote the quality of education in the province and to promote the well-being of Alberta universities and their academic staff.

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Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFABC)

The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) represents over 5,500 professors, lecturers, instructors, professional librarians and other academic staff at British Columbia's five research universities. Our goal is a system of publicly-funded post-secondary education that is of high-quality and broadly accessible. We believe that anyone who can benefit from post-secondary education should be able to try and attain that education regardless of their economic or social circumstance.


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Government of Alberta: Post Secondary Learning Act

The Post-secondary Learning Act (PSLA) came into force in 2004 and combined and updated four separate Acts that used to govern Alberta's publicly funded post-secondary institutions – the Universities Act, the Colleges Act, the Technical Institutes Act, and the Banff Centre Act – into one complete piece of legislation.

The PSLA is intended to advance the concept of Campus Alberta by taking Alberta's post-secondary system into the future as a system that is accessible, flexible, and responsive regardless of where a student chooses to learn.

The PSLA also establishes

  • the Campus Alberta Quality Council as a main pillar of the degree and program approval process
  • the Campus Alberta Strategic Directions Committee

and sets out provisions for the establishment and management of student organizations, faculty associations, and bargaining between faculty and post-secondary institution boards.


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Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations is the voice of 17,000 university faculty and academic librarians across Ontario. We seek to maintain and enhance the quality of our province’s higher education system, and to advance the professional and economic interests of our members. Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents its 28 member faculty associations through on-campus support and public advocacy. We provide research and logistical services to support collective bargaining and grievance management at individual universities. OCUFA also takes the needs and concerns of our members directly to Government, other higher education stakeholders, the media, and the citizens of Ontario. We do this through public campaigns, publications, and direct meetings with politicians and policymakers. Read more about OCUFA activities. Effective advocacy is supported by strong research. OCUFA produces a wide variety data and analysis, from government briefs to stand-alone research papers. Read more about OCUFA’s research.

OCUFA also recognizes the achievements of our members. Through the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards, the OCUFA Status of Women Committee Award of Distinction and the Lorimer Award, we salute those who have made an exceptional contribution to university education in Ontario. Read more about OCUFA’s awards.

OCUFA currently produces three publications of interest to the higher education community:

  • Academic Matters: Our flagship publication, Academic Matters is a forum for thoughtful and thought-provoking, original and engaging discussion of current trends in post-secondary education and consideration of academe’s future direction.
  • OCUFA Report: This weekly email newsletter keeps our members and interested citizens updated with the latest news about post-secondary education, collective bargaining, and OCUFA’s activities.
  • Trends in Higher Education: In this ongoing research series, OCUFA provides timely and in-depth analysis of an issue facing higher education in Ontario.


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Public Interest Alberta (PIA)


Public Interest Alberta is a non-profit, non-partisan, province-wide organization focused on education and advocacy on public interest issues. PIA exists to foster an understanding of the importance of public spaces, services and institutions in Albertans' lives, and to build a network of people and organizations committed to advancing the public interest.


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The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia (FPSE)

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals, represented by President's Council and the Executive, represent over 10,000 faculty and staff and was formerly the College Institute Educators’ Association of BC.

From lobbying governments to assisting member associations with grievance handling and collective bargaining, FPSE works to further the interests of post-secondary educators.


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