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 2016-2018 Collective Agreement.

Article 5 – General administration Article 23 – Review and Evaluation
Article 8 – Absence of discrimination Article 24 – Evaluation of teaching
Article 9 – Academic Freedom Article 25 – Tenure and promotion for faculty members 
Article 10 – Professional Ethics Article 26 – Academic leave 
Article 13 – Grievances and arbitration  Article 29 – Other leaves
Article 17 – Appointments Article 31 – Special provisions: Librarians 
Article 18 –  Continuing appointments, tenure, and promotion for librarians & language teachers Article 33 – Outside professional activities 
Article 19 – Financial exigency and redundancy Article 35 – Patents and copyright
Article 20 – Academic activities Article 39 – Disciplinary measures
Article 22 – Workload Article 40 – Benefits 


Know your Collective Agreement

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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