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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:


Link to Unifor members applying for a scholarship:


Questions?   Email


Please note that the 2024 Unifor National Scholarship application period is open!

Unifor recognizes that the cost associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working families. To assist in making education more accessible, we have established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each to children of Unifor members and a Unifor member entering their first year of post-secondary studies. Five of these scholarships are administered by the Quebec Council with a separate application form (see Residents of Quebec must apply using that application process.

More information about this popular program including details on how to apply can be found here.


Download our 2024 Scholarship Poster to display at your workplaces.


Bud Jimmerfield Award

“Don't mourn my death, fight for the living.” This is the challenge that Bud Jimmerfield passed on to all Unifor brothers and sisters prior to his death.

Brother Jimmerfield was a tireless health and safety, environment, and workers' compensation activist, not just in his workplace, but at other workplaces and in communities nationwide.  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. Bud was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1996 and died just 18 months later at age 49, leaving behind his eight children and his wife Diane.

Before he died, Bud charged union activists with an important responsibility to “do your best to try to prevent future occupational diseases, death and injuries from occurring.”

In the past several months, Unifor members have risen to the challenges addressing corporate trends and policies that increase safety risks, the fallout of Workers Compensation Board cost cutting measures, and the health repercussions of Climate Change. It is in recognition of this work that I proudly ask for nominations for the 2021 Bud Jimmerfield Award, which Unifor presents to an outstanding union member to recognize their effort to continue Bud’s legacy.

The recipient must demonstrate strong leadership, community activism and a proven commitment to the prevention of occupational diseases, deaths, and injuries, be a current Unifor member, and be nominated by their Local union leadership. 

Nominate a deserving member today, by accessing the form at Be sure to submit nominations no later than September 30th, 2021, to the Unifor Health, Safety and Environment Department at


Submit your application now @


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