Labour College of Canada

University level labour studies for union leaders of today and tomorrow.

APPLICATIONS FOR COHORT 7 ARE OPEN.
The deadline to apply is May 4, 2021

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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.

About the LCC Certificate Program

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.

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 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.)

Subjects 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 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).

Course Schedule

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the LCC Certificate Program schedule has been adjusted to offer courses fully online at this time.

Session 1: Unions in the Political Economy.

This session is offered online from July 1 to September 30, 2021*.

Session 2: Labour Leadership and Organizing Change.

This session will be offered online in January and February along with an in-person week-long class in BC in February, 2022**.

Session 3: Growing the Movement, Inside and Out

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.

(*) The first session will open with an orientation course in June. Pre-reading and online independent study will be made available at least two-weeks prior to the first live-online class on July 12, 2021.
(**) If group gathering restrictions remain in place, courses will take place online only. Final dates to be confirmed 4-6 months in advance.

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 Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Click here to view the application form and start the application process.

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.

Costs related to sending a student to the LCC Certificate Program

Tuition fees

$3000 for completion of the three sessions. An additional administration fee may be factored in for extended time required.

Meals and accommodation (for in-person classes, when permitted)

$1000 to $1550 per week-long course (rates dependent 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 application process, or the fee schedule, please email labourcollege@clcctc.ca.