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Education Program


The PSAC is proud to offer its members a union education program that ranks among the best and most comprehensive within the Canadian labour movement. Our various courses provide members with learning opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and personal confidence. Union education encourages participation and promotes mutual respect and understanding between members and the union leadership. A trained membership is an active membership and active members build a strong union.

Here is a list of upcoming courses in BC.

Any PSAC member in good standing can apply for an education course being offered in BC. In order to maximize participation and minimize travel costs, basic education courses are offered within "catchment areas". Currently the catchment areas are: North BC, Southern Interior, East Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Metro. These catchments are defined by combining the geographic regions that are contained in the BC Region by-laws, S.18(2) and (3).

Fill out an application online or download a course application form (pdf) and mail or fax it back to us if you would like to take a PSAC weekend course.

For more information about catchment areas and how they apply to our education program or any other education related matter, contact SeaboyD [at] psac-afpc [dot] com (Deb Seaboyer), Regional Education Officer.

In Residence courses require a more detailed application form which are generally available well in advance of the dates of the course.

Note that all PSAC courses and events are scent free. Weekend courses start at 9AM and end at 4:30PM, unless otherwise noted.

See below for a news and information related to the PSAC Education Program in BC. Visit the national website for more information about the PSAC National Education program.

Peoples Social Forum Bursary Application

Jul 3, 2014 •

Please use this form to apply for one of the bursaries to the Peoples Social Forum.

New Joint Learning Program on Mental Health in the Workplace

Jun 11, 2014 •

The Joint Learning Program (JLP) announces that a new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace is now available to union members and their managers of the core public administration.

Report: CLC Winter School, Collective Bargaining Level 1

Feb 19, 2014 •

Cheers to Crystal Warner, President of PSAC/CEIU Local 20974 (Immigration and Refugee Board), for this report from the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School.

I was able to attend week three of CLC Winter School this year to learn about the collective bargaining (CB) process. As an overview of the course itself, we students spent three days learning about the CB process, and the last two days applying it. We were blessed with two amazing instructors who were Joey Hartman and Dan Klassen – both union and community activists in BC.

CLC Winter School Scholarships available

Nov 21, 2013 •

Every year the Canadian Labour Congress Pacific Region holds a series of training sessions for union members. The Winter School provides an opportunity for union members to come together to gain new skills and build relationships and solidarity. For more information visit the CLC website.

There are scholarships available for union members in BC.

New online course: We Are All Affected - Engaging our Members: One-to-one Conversation Campaign

Oct 8, 2013 •

Conservative MPs want to weaken unions. They want to pass a law that will open up our collective agreements. They want to take out our union security clauses.

The most important thing we can do to combat these attacks is educate and engage thousands of members about the gains our union has made and the threats we face.

The New Union Development Program (UDP)

Oct 1, 2013 •

updated November 6th: please note the application deadline has now passed, we thank everyone who applied and we'll be in touch soon.

The PSAC’s Union Development Program (UDP) has been one of the most comprehensive union leadership training programs in Canada for more than 35 years. 

Building on our rich history, the New UDP will provide an advanced learning opportunity for emerging leaders to develop the necessary analysis and skills to identify and support union priorities, and to expand our pool of skilled activists who can inspire others.

Report: 2013 BC Regional Women's Conference

May 24, 2013 •

Thanks to Kelly Megyesi and Heather DuDoward for this report from the 2013 BC Regional Women's Conference. Scroll down for some photos!

The 2013 PSAC BC Regional Women’s Conference was held May 3,4,5 in Vancouver. We chose an aboriginal theme so as to address two resolutions passed at the 2012 Triennial Convention.

Joint Learning Program: Summer Learning Series begins June 5th

Apr 23, 2013 •

The Joint Learning Program (JLP) in conjunction with the Pacific Federal Council (PFC), and graciously hosted by Service Canada, invites you to participate in our 2013 Summer Learning Series, taking place in Vancouver BC at Harbour Centre.

PSAC BC Advanced Union School – June 4-9, 2013

Mar 1, 2013 •

What is the Union School?

Union Education at its best! This Union School is 5 intensive days of in-residence learning for activists and leaders here in BC. If you are a leader or activist, this Union School will provide you with the opportunity to build your skills, acquire new skills and network with each other.  

How to apply

Please note the application deadline has now passed.

Union School 2013 Application Form

Mar 1, 2013 •

Please use this form to apply for the Advanced Union School. Note fields marked * are required.

Expense Entitlements For Courses

Jan 13, 2013 •

updated January 14, 2013

Per diem: All participants who are not in travel status will receive a $50 per diem.

Joint Learning Program’s 2,000th Workshop Delivered, Including Almost 300 in BC

Dec 19, 2012 •

On October 31, 2012, the Joint Learning Program (JLP) reached 2,000 workshops delivered. This represents over 40,000 participants from over 50 organizations, around 4,000 organizers, and 4,000 opportunities of facilitation.

The demand for JLP has been growing The last 1,000 workshops were delivered in 30 months between April 2010 and October 2012. In comparison the first 1,000 were delivered in 40 months between January 2007 and March 2010. 297 workshops have been delivered in the British Columbia Region.

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Upcoming Education program Events

Talking Union Basics course

September 13, 2014 - September 14, 2014 • Vancouver, Metro

Creating Respectful Workplaces

September 27, 2014 • Vancouver, Metro

Grievance Handling Course

October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014 • Abbotsford, East Fraser Valley

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