Voluntary Exit Incentive (VEI) - FAS Pilot Program

The Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS or Faculty) has been working to address a significant structural deficit to return FAS to a balanced operating budget. FAS has been focused on meeting this financial imperative while minimizing people impacts.

To date, FAS has implemented numerous measures to achieve a balanced operating budget. While these measures have been impactful, the significance of the FAS deficit requires additional action, and we recognize this will ultimately impact our staff complement. As a mitigation effort, we are introducing the Voluntary Exit Incentive (VEI) pilot program to provide staff with the ability to decide whether they would like to transition out of the University in exchange for a lump sum payment.

Specifically, the VEI program provides eligible staff with continuing appointments in the FAS the ability to voluntarily resign in exchange for a lump sum payment equivalent to four (4) weeks Regular Salary per completed year of service. Please note there is a minimum payment of eight (8) weeks of regular salary, and a maximum payment of fifty-two (52) weeks of regular salary. The resignation must take effect May 31, 2024, unless operational needs support an alternate date. FAS will review each application and determine acceptance based on operational needs. Because operational needs govern decisions with respect to the VEI, submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance; however, careful consideration will be given to all applications.


In order to be eligible to apply for the VEI you must:

  • hold a continuing FAS staff appointment (research, grant and contract roles are excluded);
  • have a minimum of six (6) months’ continuous service as of March 26, 2024; and
  • have not already given notice of resignation or retirement.

Application Process

Applications can be made starting March 26, 2024 until 4:30 p.m. on April 30, 2024 by completing the Application form.

You will be notified if your application has been approved as soon as possible, but no later than May 10, 2024.

Approval Process

In evaluating applications, FAS will consider:

  1. the need for overall workforce reductions; and
  2. the operational needs of the Faculty.

If your application is approved for a departure date other than May 31, 2024, your last day of work will be specified in the approval notice.

Lump Sum Payment

If your application is approved, in exchange for voluntarily resigning your employment, you will receive a lump sum payment from the University in an amount equal to four (4) weeks of pay at your regular salary for each completed year of service. Please note there is a minimum payment of eight (8) weeks of regular salary, and a maximum payment of fifty-two (52) weeks of regular salary.

Your lump sum payment will also include an amount for any unused vacation days that you accrued as of your last day at work, based on your pro-rated vacation entitlement for the year, up to and including your last day at work.

The University will make this lump payment on your next regular pay date after your resignation is effective. However, employees with over ten (10) years of service may choose to receive their lump-sum payment in two (2) equal installments: the first to be made on the next regular pay date after your resignation is effective, and the second on the first regular payroll date in 2025.

All payments will be subject to the required deductions.

Other Potential Entitlements

If you are eligible for retiree benefits, you will be given information including coverage and cost when you receive your approval. For more information about eligibility for retiree benefits, see Retiree Benefits Guideline.

If you will be eligible for an unreduced pension as of your last day of work, you will be provided with information on the amount you are eligible to receive when you receive your approval.  

If you will not be eligible for an unreduced pension as of your last day of work, you will be provided with information about your pension options when you receive your approval, and information about the amount in your pension within sixty (60) days after you receive your approval. 

For more information about eligibility for pension benefits, and how pension benefits are calculated, see Retirement and Pension Resources.

General Rules

Once made, your application cannot be withdrawn. Any elections with respect to pension and benefits are also irrevocable.

Staff who are accepted for a VEI under this program will be eligible for re-employment with the University three (3) years after their approved resignation date.

The VEI program is separate from, and does not replace, the Reduced Period of Responsibility Policy, which allows full-time employees with a continuing appointment and at least two (2) years of continuous service to request approval for a reduction in working hours under certain circumstances.

The benefits under this program are not intended to amend or replace any retirement benefits provided pursuant to the terms of an applicable Collective Agreement or individual employment contract.

The VEI is a limited-time opportunity. If FAS is required to move forward with layoffs, entitlements at layoff will not be based on the VEI but on the applicable Collective Agreement for unionized workers and the applicable employment contract for non-unionized employees. There may be a significant difference between the VEI lump sum payment and your Collective Agreement/Employment Contract entitlements in the event of a layoff, so staff are encouraged to ask questions and seek out the information they need in order to make an informed decision.


If you have questions, please see the Voluntary Exit Incentive FAQs page for further information and contact details.