CLC Ontario Women’s School, 2023

July 09, 2023 at 3:00 PM -
July 14, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST

Ontario’s unions help lift everyone up, whether it’s improving workplaces, fighting for political gains, or advocating for social justice – unions and our members make all the difference. This year we are thrilled to be bringing back the highly sought after Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Summer School and Women’s School!

Labour Education builds solidarity and knowledge, and it creates meaningful bonds that last a lifetime. In these exciting weeks of learning, union members will learn valuable skills in order to continue the fights of today’s workplaces, allowing adults of all backgrounds to learn to defend their rights using proven methods. If your union wants to train the next generation of local activists or expand the skills that today’s leaders and activists already have, the CLC Ontario Summer and Women’s Schools 2023 is here to help our labour movement succeed.

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Sunday, July 9 to Friday, July 14, 2023

The CLC Ontario Women’s School will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Registration Fees

Includes: accommodation in dorm room, meals, coffee breaks, and class material.

Registration Fee

Single accommodation: $1850 per student/week
Single accommodation with spouse/partner: $2,225/week
Course and meals only: $950/week
Children (12 years old and under): $350
Children (13-18 years old): $500
Prevention Link Course: $1,800 + $290 additional cost = $2,090

* Please note, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited course availability and in consideration of all students, please do not hold spots. Applicants must have the approval of their union before enrolling. Payment for all fees must be made at the time of registration and can be made via credit card or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to: “Canadian Labour Congress – Ont School” and mailed to: Ontario Women’s School Registrar, 2841 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1V 8X7

To change a registration after it has been submitted please contact the Ontario Region office at , cancellations with a full refund will not provided after June 20, 2023.

  • Accommodations will be booked by the CLC, if you have any questions contact the office at or (416) 441-3710
  • On-site Registration is Sunday, July 9 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • You will not be able to check in to the dorm before you register for the school.
  • We will be following all provincial health requirements at the 2023 CLC School. As provincial requirements do change on short notice, we encourage all affiliates to remain up-to-date. Please note that you may be requested to wear a mask at the school, this will be determined closer to the start of the school

Courses Offered

Collective Bargaining Level 1
Participants will leave with a solid understanding of the bargaining process and the factors that affect collective bargaining. This course also introduces some of the laws and rules that structure the bargaining process as well as provides opportunities for hands-on practice and skill development in preparing for and negotiating as part of a Collective Agreement. Level 1 is aimed at new bargaining committee members and local union officers.

Women in Leadership I
This course offers an opportunity to develop and enhance participants’ leadership skills and knowledge in a variety of current and emerging labour issues. A major component of the course will cover communication and motivational skills that are important for women activists. Participants will explore ways of building on their skills and drawing on their experiences as they advance along the path to leadership and consider running for an elected position, or supporting others who run. Whether you’re thinking of leadership within your union, your community, or in politics, this course is for you.

Facing Management Effectively

This course will look at economic, political, and social forces at play between union and management. It will examine the roles and rights of each group and the different types of union/ management relationships and styles. This course will look at the power, bias, and privilege dynamics between union and management, and how to navigate them. This course will focus on problem solving – understanding issues, developing strategies, finding and presenting facts and arguments, finding areas of agreement, building solutions, as well as implementing and maintaining solutions. Participants can expect a lot of participation, interaction, and role-plays along with practical skills and tools for communication, analysis, strategy, and critical thinking.

Mental Health in the Workplace
This introductory survey course will help raise awareness for participants about mental health issues facing workers in today’s workplace. Activists will develop a range of strategies to specifically support, accommodate & represent members with mental health challenges at work. This course will look at the myths around mental illness, challenging stigma and what role the union can play in making our workplaces & unions more inclusive of members with psychological disabilities. Participants will collaborate to develop action plans to take on systemic factors affecting mental health through advocacy, bargaining and political action.

Prevention Link Course– Activist Bundle
This bundle of workshops will introduce participants to the unique challenges of electronic evidence, the Workers’ Compensation system, noteworthy case law, and Human Rights legislation. The tools to develop strategies to assist workers with disabilities, individually and collectively, and return them to long term healthy and productive employment will be introduced. With a focus on the protected ground of disability and the social area of employment, this training will advance a participant’s understanding of human rights legislation and the Duty to Accommodate. All workers are welcome! Workplace leadership encouraged!

Prevention Link Certificates will be issued for: Principles of Accommodation Law, Workers’ Compensation 101, Electronic Evidence, Return to Work 101 Click here for Prevention Link course catalogue No pre-requisites required

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