Welcome or Welcome Back!

The Association wishes all its members, whether in person, online or bimodal, a happy new academic year. 

Although the new academic year brings several challenges (such as bargaining, bimodal courses, and the gradual return to in-person classes), this year is proving to be promising.

The Association would like to take this opportunity to once again show its support and hope that success will be your companion during your various courses and in all your scholarly activities.

We encourage you to follow our newsletters regularly , so that you will be informed of all the news that concerns you (important deadlines, benefits and upcoming events). For more information on the Part-Time Faculty Association, please visit: www.aptpuo.ca.


Keeping track of seniority points

Deadline: October 10

The Seniority List was published by the University in July.If you have not already done so, please check the list to ensure that your seniority points match the report.

The points on the website are up to date as of July 2021, so any courses ending after July are not included. Also, points for the 2020-2021 academic year are not included.

In case of error, please send a notice of disagreement that includes your name, employee number, uOttawa email address, and contact information to vra.affairesprofessorales@uottawa.ca no later than October 10. Please also include a record of your courses taught, and cc the Association when you send it.

To view the Seniority List, please visit the Human Resources website.


Fall 2021 Tuition Fee Credit

Deadline: September 30

If you wish to apply for the Tuition Fee Credit Plan, you have until September 30 to do so.

The Tuition Fee Credit Plan reimburses a portion of the tuition fees for students registered at uOttawa who are the child or the spouse of a Part-Time Professor. If the Part-Time Professor is a part-time student at uOttawa, they too may apply for the credit.

All members of the main bargaining unit are eligible for tuition credits. Available funds are distributed to those who have submitted an application.  It should be noted that the fund reserved for this purpose is $60,000 per year.

For information on how to apply for the credit, please visit HR’s “My Info” web site here.


APTPUO Extended Health Insurance

Deadline: September 30

This message is to inform you that the enrolment period for the APTPUO Extended Health Insurance ends on September 30, 2021.

More information on the Extended Health Insurance here.


Employee Card

Your employee card gives you access to the services at the University (library, gym, etc.). It also gives you access to discounts described on the University website. If you lost your card, or if you are a new employee, you can get a new one with Human Resources. Please visit HR’s Infodesk, located in Tabaret Hall, room 019.


Pension Plan

Deadline: Preferably as soon as possible. 

APTPUO members who have worked during the previous calendar year have access to the University’s Pension Plan.

To enrol in the plan, please contact Human Resources directly by calling 613 562-5832 or by emailing hrbenefits@uottawa.ca.

There is no deadline to enrol in the plan. However, the Association strongly encourages members to enrol at the beginning of the session to avoid having to pay all contributions at once later in the semester.


Departmental Representatives

Each year, each department designates a part-time faculty representative to sit on departmental assemblies. If you are interested in becoming a representative or would like more information, please contact your department.

Department representatives receive one seniority point per academic year for their service.


Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration

Deadline: Deadline: September 6 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) 

As the University imposed a mandatory vaccination policy on campus, we would like to remind you that you have until September 6 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) to complete the University of Ottawa’s COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration.

For more information, click here.


Letter of Understanding

Student Evaluations

A reminder that the Letter of Understanding on Student Evaluations is still in effect for the Fall 2021 Term.

As a result, evaluations will not be considered in a prejudicial manner for members teaching one or more courses in any of these sessions. Thus, the Employer will not consider student evaluations that may be negatively impacted by distance education.

View the letters of understanding for all three bargaining units here (***French document: the letters of understanding are presented in the language in which they were negotiated)


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An independent ombudsperson to protect academic freedom?

(*Articles only available in French)

Academic freedom has been in the news recently in several provinces. As an alternative, professors have proposed the creation of an independent ombudsperson to advocate for the freedom of expression in higher education.

Our colleague Raúl Colón jointly presented a brief to the Independent Scientific and Technical Commission on the recognition of academic freedom in the Quebec government.

Read the brief here.

To learn more, we suggest the following article: Un ombudsman indépendant pour protéger la liberté académique? Written by Naomie Gelper of Journal Métro (August 24, 2021).

View the work of the Commission sur la reconnaissance de la liberté académique (Commission on the Recognition of Academic Freedom) in the University Environment here.