CLC Ontario Women’s School 2024

07 juillet 2024 à 09:00 -
12 juillet 2024 à 17:00
McMaster University Hamilton, ON

CLC Ontario Women’s 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 7 to Friday, July 12, 2024

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

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

*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 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, 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 7 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 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


offers an opportunity to develop and enhance participants’ leadership skills and knowledge around 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.

Who this course is for: Leaders who identify as women or who are gender diverse, including non-binary, gender fluid, gender-nonconforming or genderqueer leaders.



is a next step for women leaders, designed to address the real challenges women candidates face. It introduces ways to balance the day-to-day challenges in the face of high stress campaigns. Participants will take away new ways of campaigning, strategic planning, and framing our message. By building on communication and presentation skills, participants will leave with the tools to best communicate their message in on camera interviews, face-to-face debates, and with new media.

Who this course is for: Women leaders.



looks at the economic, political, and social forces at play between unions and management. It examines the roles and rights of each group and the different types of union/management relationships and styles. The course looks at the power, bias, and privilege dynamics between unions and management and how we can communicate effectively. The course focuses on problem solving – understanding issues, developing strategies, finding and presenting facts and arguments, finding areas of agreement, building solutions, implementing and maintaining solutions. Participants can expect lots of interaction and role-plays, along with practical skills and tools for communication, analysis, strategy and critical thinking.

Who this course is for: Union representatives who deal with management.



introduces participants to adult and popular education practices and facilitation techniques that focus on learning, action and inclusive movement building. Participants learn skills and knowledge required to facilitate short courses or workshops and adapt materials for a diversity of learning needs and styles.

Who this course is for: Union members who wish to become instructors in their own union and/or be called upon by the CLC to deliver labour education courses in a variety of settings.

Who this course is for: Union members who wish to become instructors in their own union and/or be called upon by the CLC to deliver labour education courses in a variety of settings.



builds the skills, confidence, and knowledge a steward needs to represent their members. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities
of their position as stewards, the handling of grievances and complaints, problem solving skills, protecting contractual provisions in the collective agreement, and current issues for stewards.

Who this course is for: New stewards or union members who wish
to become stewards.


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