HR & Equity Central Offices


The Division’s Communications team provides:

  • Strategic vision and leadership for HRE’s internal communications strategy
  • Guidance to senior leadership and staff within HRE and the Office of the Vice-President & Provost on the University’s brand
  • Communication strategies for significant HRE-related issues and events
  • Project management as it relates to the University’s communications on a variety of politically-sensitive and high-profile employment issues
  • Senior leaders with key messaging and communication plans, intended for a diverse range of audiences across a wide range of media
  • Assistance with a variety of documents, including memoranda, speeches, briefing notes and sensitive University communications
  • Assistance with developing recruitment and branding strategies
  • Development and maintenance of the Division’s website, ‘Working at U of T‘; the University of Toronto’s LinkedIn page; the @workingatuoft account on Twitter and for the HR-staff specific vehicles: HR Portal, HR Newsletter ‘Up Close & Personnel’ and HR email listservs.


The diversity of the University of Toronto (U of T) community is our strength. We strive to cultivate a teaching, learning and working environment that is equitable, accepting, inclusive and free from discrimination and harassment.

Our Equity offices assist faculty, staff and students with concerns and challenges related to their experiences at the University. Equity staff engage in outreach and education across all campuses and provide guidance on specific issues as they arise.

Finance & Operations

The Finance & Operations team is responsible for the administration, daily functioning, and responsiveness of the Office of the Vice-President (VP) to the needs of the campus community. Included in its oversight is the management of the budget for the HRE, financial and physical resources.

Integrated HR (iHR)

The University of Toronto’s Integrated Human Resources (iHR) team provides innovative, collaborative, and strategic HR consultation, advice, and support to administrative leaders, Divisional HR Offices, the Vice-President, HR & Equity, and to the Provost.

iHR partners with stakeholders throughout the University to identify, update and / or create policies, programs, and projects, while also serving as a bridge between the work of the Division of HR & Equity and the Divisional HR Offices on a range of initiatives needed to enhance HR business processes and make things work better across the institution.

Services include:

  • HR issues management
  • Policy development and interpretation
  • Special projects and initiatives
  • Training for HR professionals
  • Strategic recruitment
  • Short-term staffing solutions through UTemp
  • Workplace investigations support and consultation
  • HR business intelligence, insight and measurement
  • People analytics
  • Direct client support
  • Environmental scans, best practices and research
  • Process improvement
  • Integrated HR planning
  • Immigration support and consultation
  • Change management

Labour Relations

The Labour Relations (LR) team is responsible for the following:

  • Managing U of T’s relationships with all of its unions and bargaining units (11 different unions and 23 separate bargaining units)
  • Negotiating all new and renewal collective agreements and resolving grievances at step three, mediation and arbitration
  • Providing ongoing support to HRE offices, generalists, and academic administrators in respect to collective agreements and bargaining unit employees
  • Ensuring that collective agreements, LR policies and processes are interpreted, implemented and applied consistently throughout the University
  • Developing and delivering LR training for HR generalists, line managers and academic administrators

The Labour Relations team can be reached at

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Organizational & Leadership Development & Work-Life Support

The Organizational & Leadership Development and Work-Life Support group is comprised of the Early Learning Centre, the Family Care Office, Family Programs & Services, Health & Well-being, and the Organizational Devleopment & Learning Centre.

Child Care:

Family Programs & Services provides oversight to the on-campus child care centres, Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and to the Family Care Office. The on-campus child care centres include the Early Learning Centres, Campus Community Cooperative Day Care Centre, University of Toronto Childcare Centre on Charles, and N’sheemaehn Child Care Centre.


EFAP offers free, confidential, short-term counselling to employees and their dependants for personal, family, and work-related problems.

Family & Work-life:

The Family Care Office provides information, guidance, referrals and advocacy concerning child care, elder care, integrating work / study and family life, planning for a new child, or any other family-related matter.

Additional services include:

  • Free workshops, support groups, family events, individual consultation
  • A resource library with practical info on pregnancy, infant care, LGBT parenting, special needs children, and caring for elderly family members
  • A faculty relocation service

Health & Well-being:

Health & Well-being Programs & Services provides services for University employees and managers involved in sick leave, long term disability, occupational health issues, workplace injuries, and workplace accommodation for employees with disabilities.

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Total Rewards

The Total Rewards team oversees the day-to-day management of the various teams that oversee our employees’ compensation package (i.e., pension, benefits, payroll, compensation, recognition and supporting processes).

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