Terms of Reference

The Planning and Priorities Committee of University Council is responsible for:

  1. Conducting and reporting to Council on university–wide planning and review activities in consultation with the Provost and Vice-President Academic.
  2. Evaluating college and unit plans and reporting the conclusions of those evaluations to Council.
  3. Recommending to Council on academic priorities for the University.
  4. Recommending to Council on outreach and engagement priorities for the University.
  5. Seeking advice from other Council committees to facilitate university-wide academic planning.
  6. Undertaking the review and recommending to Council on the establishment, disestablishment or amalgamation of any college, school, department or any unit responsible for the administration of an academic program, with the advice of the academic programs committee.
  7. Undertaking the review and recommending to Council on the establishment, disestablishment, or review of any institute or centre at the University in accordance with the Centres Policy and with the advice of the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Works committee.
  8. Undertaking the review and recommending to Council on proposed or continuing affiliation or federation of other institutions with the University, in consultation with APC.
  9. Balancing academic and fiscal concerns in forming its recommendations.
  10. Providing advice to the President on budgetary implications of government funding requests and reporting to Council.
  11. Considering the main elements of the comprehensive budget and financial reports and reporting to Council.
  12. Integrating and recommending to Council on matters referred to it from other Council committees.
  13. Advising the President and senior executive on operating and capital budgetary matters, including infrastructure and space allocation issues, referred from time-to-time by the President, providing the advice is not inconsistent with the policies of Council. The Planning and Priorities Committee will report to Council on the general nature of the advice and, where practicable, obtain the guidance of Council. However, the committee need not disclose to Council matters the disclosure of which would be contrary to the interests of the University.
  14. Designating individuals to act as representatives of the Committee on any other bodies, when requested, where such representation is deemed by the Committee to be beneficial.
  15. Proactively supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all processes and matters coming before the committee.

Reports to Council


Eleven members of the General Academic Assembly, at least six of whom will be elected members of Council, normally one of whom will be chair. At least one member from the General Academic Assembly with some expertise in financial analysis will be nominated.
One Dean appointed by the Council
One undergraduate student appointed by the U.S.S.U.
One graduate student appointed by the G.S.A.
One sessional lecturer

Ex Officio Members
Provost & Vice-president Academic or designate
Vice-president, Finance & Resources or designate
Vice-president, Research or designate
Vice-provost Indigenous Engagement
President (non-voting member)
Chair of Council (non-voting member)

Committee Coordination
Governance Office

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held 9:30am-Noon
  • September 13, 2023
  • September 27, 2023
  • October 11, 2023
  • October 25, 2023
  • November 22, 2023
  • December 6, 2023
  • January 17, 2024
  • January 31, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 6, 2024
  • March 20, 2024
  • April 3, 2024
  • April 17, 2024
  • May 1, 2024
  • May 15, 2024
  • May 29, 2024
  • June 12, 2024

Centres Subcommittee

Terms of reference

(from Section 11, Policy on Centres, as approved by the Board of Governors December 2020)

The mandate of the PPC Standing Subcommittee on Centres is:

  • To facilitate and oversee the establishment of new centres
  • To monitor adherence to the Policy
  • To develop and review the Policy and Guidelines
  • To oversee the disestablishment of centres
  • To maintain a list of active centres

Membership on this Subcommittee will be drawn from the Planning and Priorities, and Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work, Committees of Council, the Offices of the three Vice-Presidents, centre directors, and will be supported by the University Secretary's Office. The Subcommittee will report to Council through the Planning and Priorities Committee.