The Education Department offers an extensive labour education program both in the areas where our members live as well as at our Unifor Education Centre

    Area Schools and Paid Education Leave (PEL) Courses

    Area Schools and Paid Education Leave (PEL) Courses

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Since the early 1970's our Union has offered a Family Education Program for members and their families. If selected by the local/national union to attend, the member agrees to give up his/her vacation time and the national union covers costs for meals and accommodations, and where required, air travel.


The dates for the 2017 sessions are as follows:

  • FRENCH Language Session – Sunday, July 16 to Friday, July 28

  • ENGLISH Language Session #1 – Sunday, July 30 through Sunday, August 6 inclusive

  • ENGLISH Language Session #2 – Sunday, August 6 through Sunday, August 13 inclusive
    Sign language interpretation will be available during English Language Session 2.


2017 Family Education Call Letter and Application Form

Additional information (Unifor)




Deadline for 2017 applications: April 30th, 2017, 11:59 E.S.T.

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 unionization 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 $2,000.00 each.

The scholarships are awarded to sons/daughters of Unifor members in good standing. Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution. One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority. These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

Submissions MUST include:

  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or community activist;

  • an official application form (attached) and signed by one of the following Local Union Officers: President, Financial-Secretary, Recording Secretary, Trustee.

  • transcript/record of marks (most current record - i.e. mid-term report is acceptable).

For National Locals, the officer's confirmation of good standing may be faxed/emailed in separately.

A committee appointed by the Unifor National Executive Board will make the selection of candidates. The decision of the committee is final.

Please note, unlike many scholarships awarded by other institutions, grades are only one of several factors considered when the selection committee reviews applications. These scholarships consider social justice values and knowledge of the labour movement.

Documents indicating definite acceptance at one of the institutions described above, proof of enrollment and payment of tuition needs to be submitted before the scholarship can be awarded.

For all scholarships (with the exception of the five National and Quebec Council Scholarships), completed applications, along with the accompanying documents, are to be submitted to:

Tim Carrie, Director of Education - Unifor
205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON M2H 3H9
Fax: ( 416) 495-6554

Applications may be mailed, faxed or scanned and e-mailed no later than April 30th, 2017, 11:59 E.S.T.

Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant who will be given a two week grace period to complete and re-submit.

Application forms can also be found on the Unifor website at For the deadlines and rules governing the National and Quebec Council Scholarships, please see

Those with disabilities, persons of colour and aboriginal Canadians are especially encouraged to apply.

All scholarship applicants will receive a letter prior to the beginning of the school year advising if they have won a scholarship or not.


Download the 2017 scholarship application

2017 Scholarship Announcement