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For nearly 60 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 nearly 60 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.
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 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 flexible program combines online and in-person learning over 14 months, to accommodate busy and changing schedules.
Participants come from a diversity of unions and regions in the country. Students learn together in large or small groups (or cohorts) throughout the program as they discuss, debate and strategize on key issues facing workers inside and outside of unions.
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 just over one year. 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 14 months or longer, with a maximum of two weeks face-to-face, in-class learning each year. (Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will be delivered online only until further notice.)
The LCC Certificate program requires regular commitment to participating in collaborative work and meeting deadlines.
The LCC Certificate Program is made up of three sessions (or semesters) and an Independent Learning Project (ILP). Sessions occur online and in-person approximately every 6 months.
Workload is greatest during the three course sessions, though some independent work between sessions is required as part of an Independent Learning Project (ILP).
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the LCC Certificate Program schedule has been adjusted to offer courses fully online at this time.
This session is offered online from July 1 to September 30, 2021*.
This session will be offered online in January and February along with an in-person week-long class in BC in February, 2022**.
This session will be offered online in June, July and/or August along with an in-person week-long class in Ontario in July or August, 2022**.
The full LCC draft schedule at a glance for and short course descriptions for Cohort 7 can be found here.
Union members from CLC-affiliated unions who:
Members of equity-seeking groups: Women workers, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply.
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All applicants are encouraged to speak with their union education representative to see if this program is right for them and to identify if financial support is available before submitting their application form.
$3000 for completion of the three sessions. An additional administration fee may be factored in for extended time required.
$1000 to $1550 per week-long course (rates dependent on school location and individual or shared accommodation).
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 application process, or the fee schedule, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.