Unifor scholarships – apply now!

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Unifor is committed to building the strongest and most effective union and to improve the lives of working people. As a social union, we are concerned with the political actions that impact the lives of workers. Post-secondary education is out of reach for many working-class children due to skyrocketing tuition fees.


Unifor is part of a larger movement including students, faith groups and ordinary citizens who are calling for action by the government to make post-secondary education accessible. We have also established several scholarships worth $2,000 each for the children of Unifor members in good standing or Unifor members who have passed away while in good standing. These scholarships support the first-year attendance at a public Canadian institution (university, community college, technological institute).



Scholarship information and applications have been sent out to local unions and can be found here.


Unifor is committed to building the strongest and most effective union to bargain on behalf of our members, work with our members to improve their rights, and extend the benefits of union to non-unionized workers in Canada. We are also concerned about the lives of our members’ families.

We recognize that post-secondary education is out of reach for many working class children due to skyrocketing tuition fees.


To assist in making education more accessible, we’ve established 28 scholarships worth $2000.00 each.


Using the Online Application:


Click on the appropriate link below to complete your online application.  Please ensure that you have read the instructions carefully, and have the following documents ready on your device for upload with your application:


1)  Current high school transcript (children of Unifor members only)

2)  Reference letter

3)  Local Union Officer signature form

4)  Essay


Please note that any partially completed applications, or applications missing any of the required documents, will result in an error message, and cannot be submitted.  Please ensure you have all documents available before submitting.


The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 11th.


Link to application for children of Unifor members applying for a scholarship: https://form.jotform.com/90704031400237


Link to Unifor members applying for a scholarship:  https://form.jotform.com/80384099806264


Questions?   Email https://www.unifor.org/en/education/scholarships




Bud Jimmerfield Award

Brother Jimmerfield was a tireless Health and Safety, Environment and Workers' Compensation activist, not just at his workplace but at other workplaces and in communities from coast to coast. Bud worked as a machinist for 31 years, exposed every working day to cancer causing metalworking fluids at an auto parts plant in Amherstburg, Ontario. He contracted esophageal cancer in 1996 and died 18 months later at age 49 and leaving behind his eight children and wife Diane.

Before he died, Bud charged union activists with an important responsibility “don't mourn my death, fight for the living and do your best to try to prevent future occupational diseases, death and injuries from occurring.”

At the triennial Constitutional Convention, the Bud Jimmerfield Award will be given to an outstanding union member to recognize eligible health, safety, environment or workers' compensation fighters. This activist must have shown leadership, commitment in helping fellow workers and participated in activities beyond their workplace that do their best to prevent future occupational diseases, deaths and injuries.

Eligible health and safety, environment or workers compensation activists must be active Unifor members and be nominated by their Local union leadership or Local workplace leadership.


The deadline for application is March 13


More information:



BC Federation of Labour (CLC) – Berger Marks Foundation Scholarship

Marianne Gilbert Scholarship

There are two Scholarship opportunities for this year’s Summer Institute for Union Women, July 8-13, 2014 which will be held at the University of Victoria, Victoria BC. 


The Berger Marks Foundation Scholarship is available for union women 35 or younger and will cover travel, tuition, shared accommodations and meals.  The Scholarship does not include wage loss.  There are four (4) Berger Marks Foundation Scholarships available.


The Marianne Gilbert Scholarship is available to female trade unionists in BC and will cover tuition, shared accommodations and meals.  The Scholarship does not include travel or wage loss.  There are three (3) Marianne Gilbert Scholarships available. 




More information: