SAIT to eliminate 230 positions following Alberta budget cuts

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is laying off 150 staff and not filling another 80 vacancies in the wake of the UCP government’s post-secondary budget cuts.

In an emailed statement, SAIT spokesperson Chris Gerritsen said the decision was “hard for our institution.”

“The difficult decision was made to eliminate a total of 230 positions, beginning next week through the end of May, which includes 80 vacancies that won’t be replaced.”

The cuts will be across several departments, including administration, management and academic divisions, but didn’t say specifically which academic programs might be impacted.

Gerritsen said the staffing changes will be “accompanied by spending cuts in other areas such as capital spending and administrative supports.”

He said right now, the school doesn’t expect to cut any further positions.

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