New employees

Welcome to our campus and our community; we hope the information in this section will help familiarize you to our extraordinary organization and all that it has to offer.  We look forward to getting to know you.

Download UVic's Employee Handbook and Indigenous Employee Guide. These documents will provide you with information and answers to questions you may have while you navigate your first few weeks.

New Employee Welcome event

Human Resources hosts a New Employee Welcome event in the late summer each year. The most recent event was held August 27, 2019. Information about the 2020 event will be posted here when available.

Content: An informative and interactive day where employees are given opportunities to participate in conversations and activities designed to highlight our university culture, values and community, while meeting other new people from various spaces on campus. The session includes:

  • Welcome messages and dialogue from some of our senior administration around the concepts of “The UVic Edge” and the UVic Strategic Framework
  • Updates and answers to many FAQs about current UVic projects, research and student activities
  • Activities about the value we place on diversity, culture, sustainability, and healthy workplaces 

Audience: The event is open to any regular-continuing, extended-term, or sessional employees who have begun work within the past year or who have never attended a new employee welcome before. Invitations with registration details are circulated to new employees and their supervisors via emailSupervisors are strongly encouraged to support shift coverage so that all new employees receive the benefit of this engagement opportunity.

Contact: Should you have any questions, or to request a registration link, please contact or call Boriana Tzatcheva at 250-721-5284

New Employee Tours

New Employee Tours provide faculty and staff with an overview of our campus. If this is your first job at UVic (and even if it’s not), join us to get a better idea of your new workplace and the UVic community. We’ll cover everything from Finnerty Gardens and CARSA to the University Club and Michael Williams Building.

Tours start at 2:00 p.m. and typically end around 3:30 p.m.

Register online or visit the Welcome Centre

Things new employees ask about

Quick links to resources

Collective Agreements and Employee groups - unions and associations

Collective agreements

CUPE 917

CUPE 917 represents the University of Victoria's trades, grounds workers, security officers, facility attendants and janitorial, maintenance and food service workers among others. CUPE 917 represents approximately 500 workers (430 FTE positions).

CUPE 951

CUPE 951 represents approximately 850 workers (755 FTE positions) including office employees, library assistants, technicians and child care workers.

CUPE 4163

CUPE 4163 is known as the University of Victoria's Educational Employees' Union. The local is made up of three "components," each with separate collective agreement language.

CUPE Local 4163 application form can be found at CUPE 4163 website.

Faculty Association

The University of Victoria Faculty Association (UVic FA) represents approximately 850 faculty and librarians at the University of Victoria, including: Professors; Assistant Professors; Associate Professors; Associate Teaching Professors; Assistant Teaching Professors; Librarians; Archivists; Limited Term Faculty; Artists in Residence; and Lecturers.

Professional Employees Association (PEA)

The PEA chapter at UVic comprises administrative and academic professionals. This group includes 850 employees (770 FTEs).

Performance expectations of supervisors and employees

Related links

Select university policies