Message from the President to the University Community

Dear Members of the University Community,

This is a very difficult day for the University of Prince Edward Island. Despite all efforts to minimize consequences to faculty and staff as a result of a budget shortfall, layoff notices are being delivered today to 35 of our colleagues. The people affected are coworkers, neighbours, and friends. Their contribution to this University has been significant and in some cases long-term, and I sincerely regret that the fiscal challenges we face as an institution necessitate these most painful decisions.

UPEI’s Human Resources Department (HR) and/or the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) are available to offer assistance and services to anyone directly or peripherally affected, today, and on an ongoing basis. Please take full advantage of this support. The University has also made application with and has been approved by Service Canada to participate in the Service Canada Work Force Reduction Program. Links to this program and other available resources can be found at

The days ahead will be challenging and we must support and respect our colleagues as this process unfolds. I encourage you to do your utmost to demonstrate the level of caring and compassion that we are known for at this University and in this province.



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