About us

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is the forum for Ontario’s universities to collaborate and advocate in support of their shared mission to the benefit and prosperity of students, communities, and the province of Ontario. COU is a membership organization consisting of Ontario’s 20 publicly assisted universities and one associate member, the Royal Military College of Canada.

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and Ontario's universities are finding solutions that we need to head confidently into the future.

— Dr. Daniel Woolf, Chair of COU
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University

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Ontario’s university graduates are well placed to make their mark on the global stage, and to lead prosperous and rewarding lives.

— Mr. David Lindsay
President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities

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Get to know COU

Members of Council

Learn about Council, which consists of two representatives from each member and associate member institution: the executive head (president or principal) and an academic colleague appointed by each institution’s senior academic governing body.


View COU’s standing committees, made up of appointed university officials who serve for two-year terms.


View the membership lists of COU’s affiliates. Affiliates are organized groups of university professionals who discuss sector-wide issues, address challenges and propose solutions, and share best practices.

Annual Reports

COU’s Annual Reports highlight achievements in the Ontario university sector and provide the organization’s financial statements.

Career Opportunities

Discover some of the careers available to you and apply to join the COU team.

Contact COU

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How COU Works