CLC Ontario Summer School 2024

July 14, 2024 at 9:00 AM –

July 19, 2024 at 5:00 PM

McMaster University

Hamilton, ON

CLC Ontario Summer School 2024

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 2024 is here to help our labour movement succeed.



Sunday, July 14 to Friday, July 19, 2024

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 Fees

Single accommodation: $1900 per student/week

Single accommodation with spouse/partner: $2,250/week

Course and meals only: $950/week

Children (who require additional rooms): $350

Prevention Link Course: $1,800 + $290 additional cost = $2,090

*Registration Includes: accommodation in dorm room, meals, coffee breaks, and class material)

* 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 – Ontario School” and mailed to: Ontario Summer 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, 2024.

Accommodations will be booked by the CLC, if you have any questions contact the office at or (416) 441-3710

Check-in will take place on Sunday, July 14 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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 2024 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


A participatory course designed to build the capacity of racialized union facilitators, this training provides essential facilitation frameworks, as well as tools, tips and strategies for fostering inclusive and equitable learning environments within union settings. Through experiential learning and collaboration, participants will have the opportunity to hone their facilitation skills, while cultivating a deeper understanding of racial dynamics in the classroom and exploring the unique challenges faced by racialized facilitators, emerging better equipped to lead meaningful discussions, navigate difficult conversations, and drive positive change within their unions.

Who this course is for: Black and racialized workers who are seeking to build skills in course/workshop facilitation.


helps shop stewards, health and safety representatives and other union representatives gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence at work, and the role of the union and the employer in addressing it. Participants learn ways to best support members who may be experiencing domestic violence, including how to recognize and respond to the warning signs and risk factors, and hope to connect members to support and services in the community. Union representatives will also leave with tools to build awareness in the workplace about domestic violence at work.

Who this course is for: Experienced union representatives who

work with members in workplaces.


is designed for experienced shop stewards, local union leaders and union staff who want to transform how members engage with their union and how their union engages with their members. This course trains participants on the three-step approach to effective member engagement (Go, Listen, Build) and connects it to organizing approaches for building an active membership. Participants will leave with new skills and ideas for building and measuring a member engagement strategy.

Who this course is for: Experienced shop stewards, local union leaders and union staff.


is a two-part course. Parliamentary Procedure covers how to run a meeting effectively, the duties of a chairperson and secretary, and how rules of order can provide a democratic and fair process to accomplish union business. Public Speaking covers how to speak persuasively to various groups and how different formats are used to speak at convention, debates, and impromptu gatherings.

Who this course is for: All union members.


offers an overview of important economic issues, such as inflation and productivity, to equip union members with knowledge and concepts so they can 1) refute incorrect, yet all-too-common, claims about the economy, and 2) begin thinking toward a more just economy. The 2-day course provides an easy-to-understand overview of our current economic situation, as well as a critique of mainstream economic ideas, while introducing participants to new, and important insights from beyond the mainstream. The weeklong course delves more deeply into these ideas, as well as relevant political-economic history, so we can start thinking about how we can create a more just economy.

Who this course is for: All union members.


Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada and workplaces that have a strong commitment to psychological health and safety, demonstrated by the behaviours of the workplace, have more success in Return to Work (RTW).

This training provides participants with the resources and tools to develop strategies to assist workers with disabilities, individually and collectively, and support return to healthy and productive employment. With a focus on the protected ground of disability and the social area of employment participants will:

Discuss the importance of supportive return to work for vulnerable workers.

Examine psychological heath and safety at work, including psychosocial risk factors and hazards.

Review legal responsibilities in the area of Duty to Accommodate and return to work.

Review each of the workplace parties’ role in supporting and contributing to a successful return to work.

Consider common return to work barriers and potential solutions.

Understand the guiding principles and elements of return to work policies and programs.

Who should attend:  WSIB and Benefits Representatives, RTW Specialists, Health and Safety Representatives, Human Resources, Workplace Leadership and Union Stewards.

Prerequisites:  None