• Many organizations are known more familiarly by their acronyms, e.g., COU for the Council of Ontario Universities; the MSU for McMaster Students Union; etc. On first reference to the organization, give the full name followed by the acronym in brackets. In the rest of the copy the organization can be referred to by the acronym. Note that there is no need to supply the acronym if the organization is never mentioned more than once in a story, or if the organization is not well known by the acronym.
  • Avoid using acronyms in headlines.
  • Some common acronyms:


Some common acronyms:

AUCC - Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
CAUT - Canadian Association of University Teachers
CCAE - Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education
CHEPA (Pronounced cheppa, not cheepa) - Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
CIHR - Canadian Institutes for Health Research
CIS - Canadian Interuniversity Sport
COU - Council of Ontario Universities (of, not on)
CUEW - Canadian Union of Educational Workers
IRC - Inter-Residence Council
IUTS - Inter University Transit System
MSU - McMaster Students Union (no apostrophe on Students)
NSERC - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Natural, not National, and s on Sciences)
NCE - Networks of Centres of Excellence (note two plurals)
OCE - Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
OUA - Ontario University Athletics
OCUA - Ontario Council on University Affairs
OCUFA - Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
OFS - Ontario Federation of Students
OISE (oy zee) - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
OUA - Ontario Women's Interuniversity Athletic Association
P&P - Priorities and Planning
SOCS - Society of Off-Campus Students
SRA - Student Representative Assembly
SSHRC (shirk) - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
SWHAT - Student Walk Home Attendant Team
TRIO - Telecommunications Research Institute of Ontario