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.

Have questions about your benefit coverage or enrolment? 
The Benefits Office is open for in-person assistance
Monday through Friday
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New Employee Welcome event

This is an annual event offered in person or online in late August. The New Employee Welcome event will take place this year on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022.

Content: An informative session where you will be given opportunities to participate in conversations designed to highlight our university culture, values and community, while meeting other new people from various spaces on campus.

The session consists of a wide range of important and interesting information including:

  • Welcome messages from the President
  • University panel dialogue introducing you to some of our senior administration 
  • 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: For questions about the next event, please email

New Employee Tours

The UVic Welcome Centre, in partnership with Human Resources, offers a monthly, 90 minute, campus tour via golf cart for new employees or employees who have yet to have experienced a tour. Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. Tours will comply with current campus health and masking guidelines. 

Register online for future tours


Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

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 464 workers (409 FTE positions).

CUPE 951

CUPE 951 represents approximately 692 workers (657 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 1078 employees (1039 FTEs).

Performance expectations of supervisors and employees

Related links

Select university policies