About the DFA

The Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) represents the interests of Dalhousie University's teaching, research, professional librarian and professional counselling staff in the matters of employer-employee relations. Today, we represent approximately 970 members. Under the leadership of a volunteer Executive Committee, DFA deals with items and issues of common interest to our members and addresses broader interests of the academic community.

DFA was formed in 1951 and on November 24, 1978, the association was certified by the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board as a Bargaining Agent under the “Trade Union Act” of Nova Scotia. DFA has the exclusive authority to bargain collectively on behalf of those members in the Bargaining Unit.  We are affiliated with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Membership in the DFA includes membership in CAUT.


DFA Membership Opt-in Form for Bargaining Unit Members (Updated May 2020)

DFA Membership Opt-out Form (Effective July 1, 2020)

Please contact the DFA at (902) 494-3722 or email dfa@dal.ca if you have any questions regarding these forms.