The Liberal government delivered, on March 19, 2019, its fourth and final budget before the federal election. It brings welcome investments for students. It does not address, however, key challenges facing Canada colleges and universities, resulting from stagnant government funding for core operating costs.
Briefs & Reports
Addendum to the CAUT Submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (December 2018)
As copyright term extension has been agreed to in the USMCA, CAUT has amended its July recommendations in an effort to ensure that the Copyright Act effectively balance the needs of all groups and communities within Canada.
Here is CAUT's brief to the Standing Committee on Heritage on the issue of remuneration models for artists and creative industries. Members write tens of thousands of articles, books and other works every year, making CAUT Canada’s largest creator group and a strong proponent of authors’ rights.
CAUT strives for fair working conditions, compensation and benefits to foster quality teaching and innovative research while advancing equity and human rights within the profession.
On March 20, 2017, Professor Andrew Potter, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), published an article in Maclean’s magazine entitled “How a snowstorm exposed Quebec’s real problem: social malaise,” reflecting on the March 15, 2017 blizzard that left hundreds of motorists stranded. (English only)
Responding to the Academic Sector’s Use of TFWPs - CAUT Submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (August 2018)
The growing underemployment and unemployment in the academic sector suggests that the use of both the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP), and short-term contract work more generally, must be more judiciously considered by all stakeholders.
It is time for the federal government to become a stronger partner for PSE to foster a high quality, affordable, and accessible system for all. A bolder vision is needed to ensure the sustainability of Canada’s post-secondary education system in order to promote the economic, social and cultural success of our country.
CAUT Submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology re Statutory Review of the Copyright Act (July 2018)
The Parliament of Canada is currently reviewing the Copyright Act, legislation that has a profound effect on the creation, ownership and use of literary and artistic works. In addition to appearing before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU), and meeting with individual MPs and senior public servants, CAUT has also advanced the copyright position of academic staff by submitting a brief directly to INDU.
Starting salaries and other terms for many academic positions are often negotiated on an individual basis. This can put some candidates at a disadvantage and perpetuate inequities in the academy. The newly-updated Handbook for Negotiating Starting Salaries is intended to supplement the assistance provided by academic staff associations and help candidates negotiate a fair deal.
In its Budget 2018, the federal government announced a new Parental Leave Sharing Benefit. It also made permanent the Working While on a Claim pilot project, which allows persons collecting EI to retain a portion of their benefits to supplement income earned from employment. The purpose of this advisory is to provide background and details on the changes to EI benefits to assist CAUT’s member associations when dealing with the matter.