February 23, 2018

Applications for the next admission to the Labour College of Canada are open!

The deadline to apply is October 25, 2018

Are you committed to building stronger and broader labour and social justice movements? Do you want a better understanding of the forces that shape workers’ lives? Do you want to be part of an activist network, and build up your research and strategic planning skills? Are you an activist with a demonstrated commitment to playing a leadership role in your union and building the labour movement for the future?

If so, then the new LCC Certificate Program is for you!

First offered over 50 years ago, the LCC continues to deliver in-depth courses on issues related to work and the rights of workers in Canada. Graduates are equipped to take on leadership roles in their union, their labour council and the wider labour movement for the benefit of all workers. 


About the Labour College of Canada (LCC)

Post-secondary level learning created by, for and with workers and their unions. For 50 years the Labour College of Canada has been a catalyst for leadership in the labour and social justice movements in Canada.

  • Union run post-secondary level study
  • Rooted in workers’ experience, struggles and victories
  • Unique place for deeper reflection and visioning across unions from all parts of the country
  • 50 years + of fostering labour and community leadership 

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What is the new LCC Certificate Program?

A labour studies and leadership program for labour active union members that supports critical thinking and collaborative learning in a flexible format. 

The LCC Certificate Program:

  • Builds leadership skills and provides leadership tools
  • Fosters empowerment, self-confidence and new networks of labour leaders
  • Strengthens critical thinking skills
  • Examines working class struggles and human rights issues that affect all workers
  • Creates change!

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How does the new program work?  When and where are the courses offered?

Continuing on the success of the previous Labour College programs, the new LCC Certificate Program built on creating collaborative learning moments and student cohorts from start to finish. The new program offers greater flexibility by blending online and in-class learning

Areas of study will include:

  • Political Economy
  • Theory and Practice of Unions
  • Project Planning and Research Skills
  • Organizing and Education for Change
  • Communications
  • Labour Leadership
  • Globalization, Trade and Labour Law
  • and more…

The program is now divided into three sessions that can be taken in any order, in multiple locations. Each session includes an on-line and in-person component. All sessions will require preparation and reading and some work following each session related to an independent project (LCC Project).

Course Schedule 

To complete the LCC Certificate program, students must successfully complete the online orientation, the online and in-class courses for all three sessions, and the independent work between sessions, associated with the LCC Project.

1st session

ONLINE: December 2018/January 2019
IN-CLASS: February 3-8, 2019 (BC)

2nd session

ONLINE: May/June 2019*
IN-CLASS: July 7-12, 2019 (ON)

3rd session

ONLINE: December 2019/January 2020*
IN-CLASS: February 2020 (BC)

LCC Project :

Independent work (for a total of 40 hours or more), will be required following each session.  Some of this work will require online assignments or presentations.

A note about the IN-CLASS sessions:
  • In-class (week-long) sessions take place during CLC week-long schools in BC and/or Ontario.
  • Courses start at noon on the Sunday and end by 3 pm on the Friday.

*Subject to change.

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Who should apply?

Union members from CLC-affiliated unions who:

  • are or have been active in their union (elected position, active volunteer, committee member, etc.)
  • have attended one or more labour education courses
  • are active in social and economic justice issues in their community 

Members of equity-seeking groups: Women workers, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Aboriginal workers are encouraged to apply.  

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How to Apply:

Application deadline is October 25, 2018 (11:59 pm local time)

Applications will only be considered if all the following items are submitted and received by the deadline date:

  1. Completed online application
  2. (Optional) A letter of recommendation from your union sent directly to Use of the LCC template is encouraged.


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Costs related to sending a student to the LCC Certificate Program

Tuition fees:

  • for attending and completing the program within 15 months – $3000
  • for attending and completing the program within 26 months- $3250

Meals and accommodation:

  • $1000 to $1450 per week-long course (rates dependant on location and individual or shared accommodation)

Release time and travel:

These amounts will vary, based on the provisions and discretion of each sponsoring union. They are determined locally, and not by the LCC. Please contact us for more information, about the fee schedule.

A print-ready copy of the LCC Labour Leadership Certificate Program Fee Schedule is available via this link.

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If you have any questions regarding the LCC Certificate Program or the application process, please email
A print-ready flyer about the LCC Certificate Program and how to apply is available here — English versionBilingual version.