Human Resources

Graduate Teaching Assistants

This summary has been prepared by Human Resource Services to assist Graduate Teaching Assistants (“GTAs”) seeking information regarding benefits that may be available to them during a pregnancy, parental or adoption leave. Please refer to Article 25 of the GTA Collective Agreement for full details.


Unpaid Leave:

Paid Benefits Provided by Western:


For more information on leaves of absence including the student bursary please refer to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) or contact Shelly Koster, SGPS at 519-661-2111 x83930 or email

If you have questions regarding the paid GTA benefits provided by Western please contact Human Resources at 519-661-2194 or email

This website is provided for information and planning purposes for Western employees only.  While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, if any conflict exists between the information on this website and the provisions of the various collective agreements or applicable legislation, the collective agreements or legislation prevail.