Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff. Today, representing
55,000 teachers, librarians, researchers and other academic professionals,
CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in
the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary
education in Canada. CAUT has always counted notable figures among its members.
Former CAUT presidents and activists include past Supreme Court Chief Justice
Bora Laskin, MPs Pauline Jewett and Howard McCurdy, and Manitoba Premier
From lobbying governments to providing collective bargaining and legal
support, CAUT actively advances the social and economic interests of its
members. CAUT offers courses, workshops and conferences, and investigates
threats to academic freedom. The national office undertakes extensive
research, and publishes reports, newsletters, books and a monthly newspaper.
CAUT liaises with Canada's media and works in national and international
coalitions dedicated to the welfare of academic staff and students.
CAUT actively promotes public post-secondary education that meets the
needs of students and the public. We press for public funding and policies
to ensure our institutions are accessible and to safeguard the freedom
of our members to teach and conduct research unrestricted by commercial
or other special interests.
CAUT advances equity and human rights within our profession. We fight
for fair working conditions, compensation and benefits that foster quality
teaching and innovative research. CAUT works for collegial institutional
governance that is publicly accountable and gives the academic community
its proper voice.