The University of Manitoba and its professors will be in mediation today as they try to avoid a strike which would begin on Tuesday.
The minister of labour appointed a mediator, Michael Werier, on Friday after conciliation talks broke down between the two sides.
A university spokesman said both sides will be in mediation most of the day.
The University of Manitoba Faculty Association has set Tuesday as the strike date, but no official announcement has been released.
Last week UMFA members voted 68 per cent in favour of going on strike.
The U of M has put forward a four-year offer with wage increases of 2.9 per cent the first year and two per cent for each of the following three years, while UMFA countered with a two-year proposal of 2.9 per cent per year.