Recruitment and Selection

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Accommodation for Employees at Work

The office of Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services assists with providing accommodation to persons with disabilities in the workplace.

They provide support to employees on sick leave, long term disability or Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) claim and returning to work after illness or injury (for both the employee and his or her department); information on workplace injury, long term disability, workplace accommodation and related issues, and; information about healthy workplaces, individual health strategies, educational opportunities and health-related resources and services both on and off campus.

Accommodation processes for student-staff

Student-staff may generally be defined as members of the University community who are concurrently students and staff. One specific example being Teaching Assistants. At the same time, the nature of the relationship between the University and its staff, and its students differs depending on if the University community member is a student or staff member. Students are persons who are registered at the University for the purposes of pursuing a post-secondary credential. Whereas staff provides services on behalf of the University. This means that it may be appropriate for the University to provide different and/or separate services to students and staff. For example, there are different and separate services and processes in respect of accommodations for reasons relating to disability for students and staff.

Student-staff who are seeking academic accommodations should register with accessibility services on their campus and, for workplace accommodations, with Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services. These offices are not formally connected. However, each service has specialists who can assist with devising accommodations appropriate to the specific academic or workplace context. In the case of staff who are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement, recent updates to that agreement have made the processes more streamlined. Where an employee has submitted medical documentation to Accessibility Services regarding a disability and gives written consent to Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services, medical documentation may be requested directly from Accessibility Services by Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services.

For more information on these accommodations processes, please contact the appropriate office listed on our Concerns webpage.

U of T Policies, Guidelines, and Agreements related to the AODA