uOttawa Student Federation announces layoffs, cutbacks

April 4, 2016

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa has announced that the organization will make reductions in staff and future events in an effort to deal with a “significant cash shortage.” A release from the Federation states that the two main causes for the shortfall are the ongoing subsidization of members’ Health and Dental Insurance Plan and the intentional adoption of a budgetary shortfall in 2015-16. The reductions will include temporarily laying off 24 staff, leaving 16 positions vacant, and reducing the hours in three positions. “We deeply regret placing members of our staff in a precarious situation in which a number of staff will be temporarily facing layoffs,” the SFUO statement added, “We understand the significant impact this has on their daily lives.” Ottawa Citizen