Jobs at the University of Calgary are on the chopping block as the school is facing a $14.3-million deficit.

Staff received an internal message from president Harvey Weingarten yesterday that 200 jobs will be cut — with more likely to come.

Colleen Turner, the school’s vice-president of external affairs, said the cuts would affect support staff positions across the campus in positions such as IT, finance and administrative support.

The U of C has been in a hiring slowdown for the last six months, and many of the positions being cut are vacant, Turner said.

Staff reductions are just one of the initiatives being looked at, Turner added. Other reductions will be seen in faculty budgets and overall expenses at the university.

Turner said the university would try to raise revenue by increasing enrolment.

The University of Calgary is a public institution and under legislation is not permitted to run a deficit.