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Education, Training and Conference

Education has played an enormous role in creating the strong social unions that founded Unifor. At our founding convention, delegates re-affirmed the importance of union education.


The strength of our future is not only at the bargaining table and on the picket line, it is in the classroom.

Area Schools & Online Education 

With regions across the country navigating the various phases of the pandemic and moving towards what we hope will be a return to life pre Covid-19, the Education Department, in consultation with our Area Directors, is preparing to relaunch our popular 1 (one) and 3 (three) day Area Schools.


At this time, strict adherence to regional and local Covid-19 protocols will determine our ability to offer these schools across the country.


Area Schools & Online Education – The Process


  • Area schools will be offered based on the needs and demands of Local Unions.

  • Local Union requests for training require a minimum of 8 (eight) and a maximum of 20 (twenty) members for an area school to run. If your local has less than 8 members that require training, contact the Education Department for assistance by email at

  • Local unions can reach out to other Locals in the area to fill a class.  

  • Classes must be held, where possible, in Unifor Union Halls or Regional Offices. Where this is not possible, other arrangements will be made (accessibility issues will be taken into account).

  • The Education Department requires a minimum of 6 (six) weeks notice from the start of a class for preparation purposes.

  • Please see the 1 & 3 Day and On-line Course offerings.

  • Please visit our website for full course descriptions. 


Online Education


The Education Department will continue to offer on-line education and webinars post pandemic. Contact Patty Barrera for more information and visit our website at


Area Schools Contact


Patty Barrera, National Representative, Education Department

Education PEL Schedule - Port Elgin

Spring / Summer 2023

To Register & for Information:

Click here for course listing

BC Education Schedule - Various Sites

Spring 2023

To Register & for Information:

Click here for course listing

March 28-30

New Westminster, National Building, Health & Safety (3-day) – Beyond the Basics.

March 28-30

Victoria – Local 333-BC office (3-day) - Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership.

April 4-6

Williams Lake - Local 3018 (3-day), - Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership.

April 18-20

New Westminster National Building (3-day) - Grievance Handling & Workplace Leadership.

May 9 – 11

New Westminster National building (3-day) - Health & Safety – Beyond the Basics

June 13-15

New Westminster National building (3-day) - Grievance Handling & workplace Leadership.



To register please email Debbie Noseworthy at with the member’s full name, personal email and mobile phone number ( all information is needed to register the members into our learning platform).


All these courses listed are eligible for 50/50 reimbursement from Unifor National.  Please see the attached “Guidelines for Reimbursement” for all the details on how to request the reimbursement.

Education Inquires:  Local Presidents please email Patty Barrera, Unifor National Representative, Education Department at

Unifor Canadian Council

August 18-20, 2023

Halifax Convention Centre 

Registration Deadline - Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Click here for more information

Unifor's Annual EI/CPP Education Conference

Unifor Family Education Centre, Port Elgin

Thursday, October 26, 2023 to Sunday October 29, 2023

Contact your Local to Register

Click here for course listing

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