Labour College of Canada

Redesigned, renewed and ready for today's challenges

For over 50 years, the Labour College of Canada (LCC) has been and continues to be a catalyst for leadership in the labour and social justice movements in Canada.

The Labour College offers a unique learning opportunity for union leaders and active members from across unions and regions to learn and grow together.

First offered over 50 years ago, the Labour College of Canada continues to deliver in-depth, university level courses on issues related to work and the rights of workers in Canada. Graduates are equipped with new skills and knowledge to take on the challenges of today as well as new leadership roles in their union, their labour council, and the wider labour movement for the benefit of all workers.

About the LCC Certificate Program

The new Labour College of Canada (LCC) Certificate Program is a union-made program for active union members, including today’s and tomorrow’s union leaders. The new program is more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant than ever before to today’s unions and the labour movement as a whole.

The LCC Certificate Program is a labour studies and leadership program for labour leaders and 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!

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 is built on creating collaborative learning moments and supporting student cohorts from start to finish. The new program offers greater flexibility by blending online and in-class learning.

Three intensive course sessions are offered over the course of one year or longer. Sessions include online learning and in-person, week-long sessions in BC and/or Ontario. Students have the option to complete the program over the course of 13 months or longer, with a maximum of two weeks face-to-face, in-class learning each year.

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Political Economy
  • Theory and Practice of Unions
  • Strategic Thinking, Planning and Project Development
  • Research and Communications Skills
  • Truth to Reconcili-Action
  • Leadership for Movement Building
  • Education for Action/Organizing for Change
  • Work and Workers in a Global World
  • Governance, Laws and Policies

Program Requirements

The redesigned LCC Certificate Program is flexible and accessible. Most students attend the three sessions in chronological order over 12 months. However, the LCC now has the ability to adapt to today’s demands and accommodate pauses in the learning path as required.

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

For each of the three sessions, students must attend one week-long, in-person school (in BC and/or Ontario). Throughout the program – at their own pace – students are also required to participate in online courses (one per session), read and reflect on a variety of texts and articles, complete one or more assignments, and work on an independent learning project.

Course Schedule

LCC Certificate Program schedule for the next cohort (Cohort 5) starting January 2020:

1st session

ONLINE ORIENTATION: November through December 2019
ONLINE COURSE: January 2020
IN-CLASS: February 2-7, 2020 (BC)

2nd session

IN-CLASS: July 12-17, 2020 (ON)**

3rd session

ONLINE/INDEPENDENT LEARNING: July 2020 through January 2021*
IN-CLASS: February 7-12, 2021 (BC)**

LCC Project:

*Independent work (for a total of 40 hours or more) will be required between each session. Some of this work will require you to complete online assignments or presentations. Online and independent learning between sessions is self-paced.

**Dates are subject to change and will be confirmed 6 months prior to the start of each session.


In-class sessions take place during CLC week-long schools in BC and/or Ontario. Courses start at noon on the Sunday and end by 3 p.m. on the Friday.

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;
  • are able to make the time over a year or more to attend and prepare for online and in-person courses, and complete the independent learning requirements.

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.

How to Apply:

The LCC is now accepting applications for the December 2019 start of the LCC Certificate Program. Application deadline: October 31, 2019.

Please complete the online application form.

All applicants are encouraged to speak first with their union education representative to see if this program is right for them and to identify if financial support is available.


Costs related to sending a student to the LCC Certificate Program

Tuition fees

$3000 for completion within 13 months of admission. An additional $250 administration fee will be factored in for extensions beyond this timeline.

Meals and accommodation

$1000 to $1450 per week-long course (rates dependant on school 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.

If you have any questions regarding the LCC Certificate Program, the fee schedule, or the application process, please email