Staff Advocacy

Members of the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) have access to a staff advocate who can help with a variety of situations:

  • Confidential work-related advice
  • Questions about Waterloo policies
  • Interpretations of Waterloo policies
  • How policies are implemented
  • Referrals to various campus resources

The employment practices and standards that define the role of staff are outlined in the Staff Employment Policy 18.

The policy for resolving problems or disagreements concerning the workplace is outlined in the Dispute Resolution Policy 36.

Legal and Financial advisor reimbursement in the event of involuntary termination

In addition to the advice and counsel of the UWSA Executive Manager, the UWSA provides financial support to members who have been involuntarily terminated. In these circumstances, the UWSA will reimburse the member. UWSA Member benefit (PDF).

Career Services for Staff

In 2009 the UWSA Executive members on the Provost's Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation (PACSC) were instrumental in creating the position of Staff Career Advisor in the Centre for Career Action (CCA). Funding for the position was initially provided by the Staff Excellence Fund. It is now centrally funded and can provide career and employment advising to a broader group of University of Waterloo employees. The position reports to the Centre for Career Action with a dotted line to Human Resources.

Staff members can meet with the Employee Career Advisor for assistance with: self-assessments, résumé and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, professional development and further education resources, career decision making, and job success.
Confidential, one-on-one appointments can be booked through CCA’s website. Telephone and Skype appointments are also available if you are unable to make it in person. This service is available, free of charge, to all University of Waterloo employees in a regular appointment or a temporary assignment of one year or longer.
Staff members can also access career development resources such as the award-winning CareerHub, the CCA’s library, and more.

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The Staff Association is always available to help you with workplace-related problems and concerns. Email

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