Collective Agreement

The Collective Agreement is a written contract between the APUO and the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa which provides the terms of employment for professors (other than visiting professors), language teachers, counsellors, librarians, and certain research fellows working for the University of Ottawa. Through the Collective Agreement, the University recognizes the APUO as the exclusive bargaining agent of all those employees it represents. The Collective Agreement is normally re-negotiated every three years.


The Collective Agreement is now available, please click here to view it. The salary scales and PTR amounts have been published here. You can use the following links to jump to specific sections of the Collective Agreement.

The Collective Agreement also includes Letters of Understanding. Click here to view the LOU’s for the 2018-2021 Collective Agreement.

Article 1 –  Definitions Article 26 – Academic leave
Article 2 – Preamble Article 27 – Sick leave
Article 3 – The Bargaining Unit Article 28 – Vacation leave, holidays and absences
Article 4 – This agreement and the next Article 29 – Other leaves
Article 5 – General Administration Article 30 – Reduced workload
Article 6 – Rights of the Association Article 31 – Special provisions: Librarians
Article 7 – Employment of non-members Article 32 – Direction and examination of Theses, and Supervision of Postdoctoral Fellows 
Article 8 – Absence of discrimination Article 33 – Outside professional activities 
Article 9 – Academic Freedom Article 34 – Grants and contracts
Article 10 – Professional ethics Article 35 – Patents and Copyrights
Article 11 – Language requirements Article 36 – Travel
Article 12 – Member’s files Article 37 – Selection of a Chair
Article 13 – Grievances and arbitration  Article 38 – Resignation and rights of retirees
Article 14 – Faculty Teaching Personnel Committee Article 39 – Disciplinary measures
Article 15 – Departmental Teaching Personnel Committee Article 40 – Benefits
Article 16 – Other peer committees Article 41 – Compensation
Article 17 – Appointments Appendix A – University of Ottawa Pension Plan
Article 18 –  Continuing appointments, tenure, and promotion for librarians, language teachers, counsellors Appendix B – Other employee benefit plans
Article 19 – Financial exigency and redundancy Appendix C – Binding arbitration of compensation and benefits
Article 20 – Academic activities  Appendix D
Article 21 – Rights and responsibilities Appendix E – Formal Grievance Committee
Article 22 – Workload Appendix F – Letters of Understanding
Article 23 – Review and evaluation Appendix G
Article 24 – Evaluation of teaching Appendix H – Interdisciplinary programs identified for the purposes of
Article 25 – Tenure and promotion for Faculty Members Appendix I
Appendix J – 1992-1994 Normal teaching load


Taking inspiration from the work of other faculty associations, the APUO is proud to launch a new Know your Collective Agreement series. Each bulletin explains various aspects of the 2012-2016 Collective Agreement.

Bulletin #1 attempts to enumerate and demystify the benefits provided by article 40 of the Collective Agreement.

Bulletin #2 attempts to enumerate and demystify the different types of leaves provided by articles 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31.2 of the Collective Agreement.

Bulletin #3 examines articles on discrimination and accommodation, language requirements, members’ files, reduced workload and other articles.

Previous collective agreements

If you are looking for previous collective agreements, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Association at apuo at uottawa dot ca or (613) 230-3659.

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