The University of Ottawa is legally obligated to pay you for completing mandatory health and safety training. The hours you spend completing the training outlined below are to be considered part of the allotted duties and hours. If you require support when explaining this to your supervisor, consult the How to explain your legal entitlements to your supervisor section below.

Mandatory Training Flowchart

How to complete your mandatory training

1. Go to and click on the “Learning” tab;

2. Click on “My Training File” under the list “Workshops”.

3. Set up your account/log in with your employee info (employee number + password).
•  For help with your password, please contact the uOttawa IT Service Desk.
•  You must log in for the system to record that you have completed the training as an employee.

4. Click on “List of Workshops” and select “Mandatory” from the “By category” list of workshops.
•  The list looks longer than it really is because all training is available in both official languages of the University.

5. See the mandatory training workshops list below for an overview of which workshops you should complete.

Mandatory training workshops list

The following training is mandatory* as an employee of the University of Ottawa in the province of Ontario:

For Office Workers
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – for office workers

For Laboratory Workers
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – for laboratory workers
Laboratory Safety Training

For Everyone
Accessibility Standards for Customer Service
Respect in the workplace
Violence Prevention
Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness**
Worker Health and Safety Awareness
Working Together: The Code and the AODA

Other Non-Mandatory Training
All training workshops, mandatory and optional, are available here.

*While technically the entire list of mandatory training should be completed, the workshops listed above are the top priority.

** You may not think you are a supervisor, but as a TA you are in a supervisory position in regard to the students of your course (during lectures, office hours, discussion groups, as a lab monitor, and as a proctor).

How to explain your legal entitlements to your supervisor

Employees are required to complete mandatory health and safety training according to Ontario Regulation 297/13 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Employees are also entitled to be paid for the hours they complete during training.

•  Article 20.4 of CUPE 2626’s Collective Agreement states that training required by law will be considered hours worked on the employee’s contract.

•  Your hours count for the contract you are currently working under. These hours cannot be repeatedly applied to multiple contracts, unless one’s training certificate expires.

Useful links
Ontario Health and Safety Act
Ontario Regulation 297/13
CUPE 2626 2013-2016 Collective Agreement