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Employment Relations, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
F.J. Reid, MSc, Ph D 
A. Verma, BTech, MBA, Ph D 

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Emeritus 
L. Riznek, MA, Ph D 

Associate Professor and Director of the Centre 
R. Gomez, MA, MIR, Ph D 

Assistant Professor 
D. Pohler, BCom, Ph D 

Hua Wang, MA, MBA, Ph D 


Since 1965, the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources has brought together professors from many different disciplines and departments at the University of Toronto to teach and conduct research on all aspects of work, the workplace, labour markets and labour relations.  The CIRHR’s graduate programs rank among the best in North America and its faculty reflects the depth, breadth and diversity of our university.  

In 2013, the undergraduate Employment Relations and Human Resources Certificate programs became integrated with the graduate programs at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.  The continuing close relationship between the Centre and Woodsworth College helps to foster ongoing academic excellence for students enrolled in the Employment Relations program as they continue to benefit from the rich academic support services and facilities available at the College.  Woodsworth College remains the home of the Undergraduate Program Office and the Employment Relations Students' Association (ERSA).

The overarching goal of the undergraduate program in Employment Relations is to offer an interdisciplinary learning opportunity in which to study the ‘world of work and employment’ in a Canadian and global context from the perspectives of economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology and sociology.  The program provides students with a theoretical background and knowledge of current developments in the field that will serve as a basis for careers in employment relations such as: a Human Resources Generalist, Recruitment Specialist, HR Consultant, Employment Equity Officer, Training and Development Consultant, Corporate Trainer, Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Labour, Union Representative and Labour Relations Specialist. The undergraduate degree in Employment Relations is also a perfect platform from which to enter post-graduate programs in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Law with a specialisation in labour and employment, as well as policy and labour studies programs.

Students are encouraged to use the resources available in both the CIRHR Library and Career Centre in order to investigate current labour market trends and career options in Employment Relations.    Students are also encouraged to explore the services offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) which is Canada’s HR thought leader and the largest HR association in the country.   In Ontario, HRPA regulates the HR profession and issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management.  All of the course work requirements needed for CHRP are offered in the Employment Relations program.  

Additional information on program requirements, forms and other useful resources can be found on the Program Office website.

Program Office | Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street - Room 236 | Toronto ON M5S 1A9


Regarding Program Enrolment

Admission to major and specialist programs will be determined by a student's mark in specific courses. See program descriptions for details on the entry requirements. These are limited enrolment programs that can only accommodate a limited number of students. Achieving the marks required does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.  Requests for admission will be considered in the first program request period only (April 1 - May 17, 2017).  For detailed  program application instructions (see "type 3- with a no indicator") click here.  Do not change your program after year 3 if you are required to complete your degree in four years as prerequisites and program requirements will not be waived.  Due to the limited enrolment nature of this program students are strongly advised to enroll in backup programs.