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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.

Unifor’s Locals are on the front lines as we work to ensure the safety of our members throughout this pandemic. This page is meant to help Local leadership and health and safety reps as they navigate this new and fast-changing environment.

On the page, you will find the resources you need to work with your employers to ensure safe working places for your members. As always, your National union is year to provide the supports you need. Your National Representative can help you access any additional resources you may need.

Be sure to check back regularly for new documents and updates.

Resources for Local Unions

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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 areaschools@unifor.org.

  • 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  unifor.org/education 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  onlineeducation.unifor.org


Area Schools Contact


Patty Barrera, National Representative, Education Department patty.barrera@unifor.org

Education PEL Schedule - Port Elgin

Spring / Summer 2023

To Register & for Information:  pel@unifor.org

Click here for course listing

BC Regional Council 2022

Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27, 2022

Whistler Conference Centre - Whistler, BC

Save the Date

The schedule of activities during this important week will include:
• Leadership Meeting – Thursday, November 24, 2022
• Exciting guest speakers
• Discussion on resolutions submitted by local unions
• Elections
• Equity caucuses and leadership reports
A complete call letter and more information will be sent to local unions shortly. In the meantime,
please save the dates in your calendars.