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Déclaration de l’ACPPU à l’occasion du Jour de deuil national 2017

Fri, 2017-04-28 08:00

(Ottawa— 28 avril 2017) L’Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université (ACPPU) joint sa voix aujourd’hui à celle des syndicats et des associations d’employés dans tout le pays pour souligner le 26e anniversaire du Jour du deuil national à la mémoire des personnes mortes ou blessées au travail.

Vingt-cinq ans se sont écoulés depuis ce 9 mai 1992 où la mine de charbon Westray à Plymouth (Nouvelle-Écosse) explosa, tuant 26 mineurs. À la suite de cette tragédie, au prix d’une dure lutte, travailleurs et syndicats ont obtenu du gouvernement fédéral des mesures de protection importantes en matière de santé et de sécurité dans le cadre d’une loi faisant des violations aux normes de la sécurité au travail des délits criminels.

Réfléchissons particulièrement cette année au fait que, malgré cette victoire, des travailleurs continuent de mourir ou d’être blessés au travail, peu d’accusations ont été portées en vertu de cette loi et une seule peine d’emprisonnement a été infligée. 

À l’occasion du Jour de deuil national, l’ACPPU demande aux gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux de faire un examen de conscience, de déterminer pourquoi si peu d’employeurs ont dû rendre des comptes, et à investir dans la formation des policiers et des procureurs de la Couronne. L’ACPPU exhorte également les ministères du Travail, les services policiers et d’autres autorités compétentes dans les provinces à mieux travailler ensemble, pour que les décès au travail injustifiés appartiennent de plus en plus aux choses du passé.  


Pour de plus amples informations, contactez :

Lisa Keller, agente de communication de l’Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université, 613-726-5186 (bureau), 613-222-3530 (cellulaire),



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CAUT Statement on the National Day of Mourning 2017

Fri, 2017-04-28 08:00
The Canadian Association of University Teachers joins with unions and employee associations across Canada in marking the 26th National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.
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This Earth Day CAUT is marching for science

Fri, 2017-04-21 11:27
To celebrate Earth Day, the Canadian Association of University Teachers urges you to join millions around the globe and participate in the March for Science.
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​ CAUT welcomes Science Review recommendation for new funding

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:16

(Ottawa – April 10, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers welcomes today’s release of the report of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, and the recommendations for a funding increase of $1.3 billion for basic, non-targetted research.

“The report makes it clear that basic science and scholarly inquiry in Canada have been seriously underfunded for much of the last decade,” says CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “The most important recommendation in today’s report, and one that we urge the government to act on, is that Ottawa significantly and rapidly increase its investment in independent investigator-led research.”  

Robinson notes the report also calls for a better-balanced allocation of funding across the three federal research granting agencies.

“The Social Science and Humanities Research Council, while representing the largest constituency of university researchers, has been the poor cousin for years. The report rightly notes that there is a need to allocate new funds across the granting councils in a more balanced way to ensure more opportunities for those scholars in the social sciences and humanities,” adds Robinson.

Robinson says CAUT also welcomes the report’s recommendations to support Indigenous researchers and to improve equity and diversity in federal research programs, including the setting of “hard equity targets and quotas where persistent and unacceptable disparities exist.”

The report further recommends the creation of a new National Advisory Council on Research and Innovation (NACRI) to provide broad oversight of federal research programs, and to develop and harmonize funding strategies across the agencies. It also calls for improvements to the oversight and governance of the granting agencies. 

“When considering these changes, it will be critical we ensure that governance of the granting councils are reflective of the active research community and operate at arms-length from government,” adds Robinson.


For more information, please contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, 613-820-2270 or

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Come support the March for Science on April 22

Mon, 2017-04-03 14:22

(Ottawa- 3 April, 2017) This Earth Day, April 22, countless people around the globe will stand up and March for Science. The Canadian Association of University Teachers supports the Science March and urges you to join in the many satellite marches planned in Canada.

Please register now to march in Washington, or across Canada. You can also register to join any march virtually by digital live-stream.

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity, and as a foundation to uphold the common good.

We must stand together to face down forces seeking to discredit scientific consensus and restrict scientific discovery. How can we afford not to?

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CAUT's Federal budget highlights

Thu, 2017-03-30 16:19

(March 30, 2017) This year's Federal Budget sets out the government’s vision for jobs and growth, focusing on skills development, innovation, and infrastructure investment. As part of this agenda, a number of positive measures were introduced that will help increase access to post-secondary education, specifically for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students and part-time learners.

The budget also makes important investments in child care, home care, programs to increase women’s participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, and initiatives to decrease gender-based violence.

Academic staff will be disappointed, however, that absent from this year’s budget is any new funding for basic research. This is particularly notable following the government’s first budget last year which boosted funding for the granting councils and announced a review of fundamental science, the results of which have been delayed.

Click here to read the full CAUT analysis.

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CAUT tables a submission on Economic Security of Women

Tue, 2017-03-28 16:05

(Ottawa —28 March, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers tabled a Submission to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its Study on the Economic Security of Women in Canada.

In its brief, CAUT propose five specific federal actions that, if taken, will improve women’s economic security and leadership, not only in academia, but across all of Canadian society.

We call on the federal government to:

1. Work with the provinces and territories to expand and increase protections for workers in precarious employment;

2. Enhance the social safety net for precarious workers, by improving the Employment Insurance Program and getting a national child care framework signed and funded;

3. Introduce immediately proactive pay equity legislation;

4. Improve the federal employment equity program, including the Federal Contractors Program; and,

5. Restore federal funding levels for basic research to 2007 levels and ensure its equitable distribution.


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McGill facing investigation over academic freedom

Mon, 2017-03-27 16:10

(Ottawa – March 27, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is preparing to launch an investigation into the controversial departure of Professor Andrew Potter as Director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada.

In a letter to McGill  Principal Suzanne Fortier issued today, CAUT says recent public statements made by Ms. Fortier renew concerns about the circumstances of Professor Potter’s resignation, and the University’s obligation to protect the academic freedom of its staff.

“Principal Fortier has said that academic freedom is not a consideration in this case because Professor Potter held an administrative position with the University,” explains CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “This flies in the face of the well-established principle and practice that administrators who also serve as academic staff enjoy the full protection of academic freedom.”

In its letter, CAUT is seeking further details about the University’s role in the controversy that erupted after Professor Potter wrote an on-line article for Maclean’s Magazine in which he argued the response to a recent snow storm in Montreal was reflective of a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” in Quebec.

“Academic freedom is central to a university’s mission in a democratic society,” Robinson wrote. “If the University did indeed cave in to external pressure and Professor Potter was pressured or coerced into resigning, this would represent one of the most significant academic freedom cases in recent decades.”

Robinson says that, subject to any further information provided by McGill University, CAUT will establish a committee of inquiry to determine if Professor Potter’s academic freedom was violated.


For more information, please contact:

Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, 613-293-1810 or

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McGill facing scrutiny over academic freedom concerns

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:13

(Ottawa – March 23, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is concerned about the circumstances surrounding the sudden resignation of Professor Andrew Potter as Director of the Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University.

Professor Potter found himself at the centre of controversy this week after writing a blog post for Maclean’s Magazine in which he argued the response to a recent snow storm in Montreal was reflective of a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” in Quebec.

Some media reports suggest that following pressure from high profile figures, the McGill administration forced Potter to resign as Director of the Institute.

“If it is true that the McGill administration bowed to external pressure and forced Professor Potter to step down, then this would be one of the most serious violations of academic freedom in recent years,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Universities have an absolute obligation to protect and defend the academic freedom of their faculty from outside influences.”

Robinson notes that McGill’s policy on academic freedom explicitly states that “[t]he university and its officers have a duty to protect the academic freedom of its scholarly community, both individually and collectively, from infringement and undue external influence as well as to maintain the university’s institutional autonomy.”

CAUT is seeking clarity from the McGill administration about the events leading up to Professor Potter’s resignation.


For more information, please contact:

Lisa Keller, Communication Officer, 613-820-2270 ext. 186 or

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Budget 2017 offers mixed bag for post-secondary education and research

Wed, 2017-03-22 17:53

(Ottawa - March 22, 2017) Today’s budget makes welcome commitments in a number of areas of importance to academic staff in our colleges and universities, such as increasing access to post-secondary education for Indigenous scholars, but it fails to build on the government’s initial investments in fundamental science.  

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has called for an investment of an additional $500 million over three years through Canada’s granting councils to restore basic research funding to 2007 levels when adjusted for inflation. This federal budget doesn’t include any new investment in fundamental research.

“We need transformative and sustained investments in fundamental science that lead to real advances in knowledge that contribute to our understanding of the world and a better quality of life, but this budget falls short on that promise,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson.

CAUT welcomed the new investments in support for Indigenous students and scholarship, and initiatives to help women to succeed in post-secondary education, including child care. Budget 2017 commits $90 million over two years to the Post-Secondary Support Program and $7 billion over 10 years to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care spaces across the country. 

“We applaud the government for delivering on its promises to invest in the post-secondary education funding for Indigenous students and other measures. It is long overdue that the federal government begin honouring its Treaty obligations,” says Robinson.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.


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Lisa Keller, Communication Officer, 613-820-2270 ext. 186 or

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Deal reached in Moncton

Fri, 2017-03-10 14:41

(Ottawa— 10 March, 2017) The Association des bibliothécaires, professeures et professeurs de l’Université de Moncton (ABPPUM) has reached an important milestone towards equity. Yesterday, the negotiating team reached a tentative agreement with their employer that will give their members salaries equivalent to those received by their colleagues working at anglophone universities in New Brunswick.

Members of ABPPUM will vote on the agreement on Monday.



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CAUT Statement on International Women’s Day

Tue, 2017-03-07 14:45

This International Women’s Day, academic staff unite with women across the country and around the world to celebrate achievements and to call for bolder action to address inequality. 

Twenty years ago, Canada was ranked first place on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index. By 2014, Canada slipped to 25th place.

 We need to once again become a global leader.

The Liberal government has moved quickly in its first year to regain some lost ground: the child benefits and retirement security systems were improved; investments have been made to the shelter system; the Court Challenges Program of Canada (CCP) and the long-form census were reinstated; and a gender analysis of the budget is underway.  In addition, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was launched and a commitment made to develop a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan.

More needs to be done. CAUT urges the government to: 

1. Re-establish funding for women’s, Aboriginal, and equity-seeking groups, which engage in advocacy. The government’s $3 million increase last year to Status of Women Canada and the return of advocacy activities as an eligible grant activity were a start. However the Status of Women Canadas budget is still only 0.02% of total federal program spending.

2.  Address inequality in employment. In universities and colleges, women are underrepresented in senior positions and overrepresented in precarious contract positions. The Conservative government weakened the Federal Contractors Program that requires organizations and businesses – including universities and colleges – receiving federal government contracts to have employment equity plans.

3. Close the wage gap. Women still earn less than their male counterparts even in academia, and when adjusted for rank, discipline, and other factors.  The gap is greater for women who are Aboriginal, racialized, transgender, and those with disabilities. The federal government has promised to introduce pay equity legislation before 2018. This legislation should be based on the recommendations of the 2004 Federal Pay Equity Taskforce report and the 2016 Report of the Special Committee on Pay Equity.

4. End violence against women. The federal government has committed to a comprehensive federal gender violence strategy and action plan. This should include a plan to end “rape culture” and provide better access to legal aid for victims.

5. Establish a national child care program that offers accessible, affordable, and quality care. The federal government must provide funding and leadership, and work with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to make affordable quality child care a reality for all families.

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UOttawa urged to uphold academic freedom

Tue, 2017-03-07 13:17
The Canadian Association of University Teachers says the University of Ottawa's Dean of Medicine has violated the principle of academic freedom by warning faculty against expressing their political views in public.
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Strike averted at Algoma

Mon, 2017-03-06 15:00

(Ottawa— 6 March, 2017) The Algoma University Faculty Association has reached a tentative settlement with the administration for its contract academic staff members.

“We are happy that a deal could be reached. Equity for contract academic staff was a key issue in this negotiation,” said CAUT President James Compton.

The union says more details and ratification procedures will be communicated to the membership in the next few days.


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Strike Vote at the Université de Moncton

Thu, 2017-03-02 11:40

(Moncton — March 1, 2017) A special meeting of the Université de Moncton Faculty Association (ABPPUM) will be held on Monday, March 13. Members will take a strike vote during the meeting. Voting will last two days, and the results will be known on March 14 at the end of the day. The Faculty Association expects to go on strike on March 16.

University President Raymond Théberge refuses to respect the principle of wage parity between professors and librarians working at the Moncton campus and their provincial Anglophone counterparts for the period of July 2016 to June 2018, even though he signed an agreement to this end in December 2015.

“After a series of conciliation meetings, the president isn’t even offering half of the salary increase required to achieve wage parity,” ABPPUM President Étienne Dako explained. “Not only is President Théberge going back on his word. He is also perpetuating a flagrant injustice against Francophone faculty members who are just as competent as Anglophone faculty members in the areas of teaching, research and contributions to the advancement of the province in various fields.”

Since their strike in 2000, 17 years ago, ABPPUM professors and librarians have continued to fight to be recognized as the equals of New Brunswick Anglophone professors and librarians. The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has just appointed a mediator, and the ABPPUM is willing to cooperate fully with her in order to find a solution that will result in abiding by the letter of agreement signed in 2015 and honouring the principle of wage parity.



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Part-time faculty at Algoma University in strike position

Tue, 2017-02-14 16:11

(Ottawa— 14 February, 2017) The union representing 170 part-time faculty members at Algoma University are set to strike as early as March 3rd, if an agreement is not reached this month. Fair pay, fair hiring and fair evaluation are the key outstanding issues in the negotiations.

“It is a question of equity. Part-time academic staff at Algoma University are the lowest paid in Ontario and the administration is asking them to teach nearly half of all courses,” said CAUT President James Compton.

The bargaining team has asked for parity with the next lowest paid institution, Nipissing University. The cost to the university of this proposal is less than $150,000 per year. Last year, Algoma University posted a $1.3 million surplus.

People can show support for contract  academic staff, by signing a letter of support.



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Stand Against the Ban

Tue, 2017-01-31 12:18
The Canadian Association of University Teachers joins with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in strongly condemning the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
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Budget 2017 is an opportunity to get science right

Tue, 2017-01-31 10:00

(Ottawa January— 31, 2017) The upcoming federal budget is a critical moment for the Liberal government to deliver on its commitment to science and inclusion.  Ottawa must invest in fundamental research and focus on equity throughout the research ecosystem, says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). 

“This government has taken important steps recognizing the role of science and inclusion in building a prosperous future for all Canadians,” says CAUT President, James Compton. “Budget 2017 must build on last year’s momentum and lay out a long-term plan to support and sustain basic research.”

CAUT recommends:

  • Investing $500 million over three years in core funding for non-targeted fundamental research through Canada’s granting councils to return to 2007 levels.
  • Increase funding to postsecondary education by $400 million per year;
  • Increase funding to support Indigenous scholarship and research by at least $50 million.
  • Commit to increase the participation of equity-seeking groups at all levels in federally-supported research and innovation initiatives

 “Canada’s future rests on our ability to make new discoveries, and we need to make sure that there is fair access to these opportunities. The government has an unprecedented opportunity to get science right this budget,” adds CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.


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CAUT extends condolences to victims of deadly Quebec mosque shooting

Mon, 2017-01-30 14:59

In the wake of the attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, the Canadian Association of University Teachers extends its deepest condolences to the families and the victims of this horrific hate crime.

CAUT stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in Québec and across Canada, and condemns racism, Islamophobia, and hatred of all kinds.


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