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Mission & Vision  

Changing Lives, Building Community is the mandate of UFV and the theme of our strategic plan. UFV strives to:

  • provide the best undergraduate education in Canada;
  • be a leader of social, cultural, economic, and environmentally-responsible development in the Fraser Valley;
  • and be innovative, entrepreneurial, and accountable in achieving our goals. 

We strive to create and sustain an inclusive, welcoming, and engaging environment that embraces diversity and offers vibrant campus experiences that support social, intellectual, and personal development.  Learn more about our strategic directions and our foundation plans and strategic initiatives.

Indigenization 

The University is located in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō First Nation people. UFV strives to be a place of learning that recognizes, respects, and includes Indigenous ways of knowing. Learn more about Indigenous UFV.

Employment Equity

We embrace the principle of employment equity and encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent. As a comprehensive university serving a diverse community, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where all people are treated with dignity and respect within which education and employment equity can be realized. Learn more about employment equity at UFV.

Respectful Workplace

UFV is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment on campuses where the fair and respectful treatment of all members of the university community is paramount. UFV strives to ensure that the fundamental rights and safety of all students and employees are respected and protected.  Learn more about UFV’s initiatives to create a respectful environment and read UFV's Standards of Conduct.

Collegial Environment

The university operates in a collegial unionized environment. The joint Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) represents over 90% of all the university’s permanent and temporary employees, who together with university administration, work toward achieving the University’s goals and ensuring the long term success of our community. Together, we advance the mandate of UFV to change lives and build community.

Community Partnerships

Learn about some of the many ways that UFV is engaged with our local communities.

United Way campaign support

UFV is pleased to partner with the United Way (Fraser Valley) to support local people and communities. Learn about UFV and the United Way.

Other partnerships

UFV is proud partner with various community groups and initiatives.   

Recognition

At UFV, celebrating our success as an organization and the work of our employees is important.  Here are some recent examples:

BC Top Employer 

UFV is proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers for the 3rd consecutive year - in 2017, 2016, and 2015.  Read the reasons for our selection.

Centre of Excellence for Agriculture

The BC government awarded UFV with the establishment of an Agriculture Centre of Excellence, providing the infrastructure that our students and communities require to identify trends, react to challenges and opportunities, and innovate in agribusiness including production, processing, and marketing of food, ornamental plants, and nutraceuticals.

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award 

UFV received the 2017 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award - Inclusive Environment category, and previously the 2013 Reflective Workforce Award from Abbotsford Community Services. The Cultural Diversity Awards recognize organizations and individuals who attract, promote, and encourage diversity within the organization.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

New buildings at our Chilliwack (Canada Education Park) campus achieved LEED silver and gold certification. UFV's new Student Union Building in Abbotsford will attain a minimum gold certification.

World at Work Seal of Distinction

UFV received a Seal of Distinction award in 2017.  Read our news feature and learn about the award.

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