Events & Conferences
CUPE Ontario has a proud tradition of fighting for equality for all members, and as a union we have pioneered many advances in LGBTQ rights.
Our union was the first in Canada to use collective bargaining to advance LGBTQ rights. We challenged the definition of “spouse” in court and won, opening the door for same-sex spousal benefits for all Canadians. We supported member Martine Stonehouse in her landmark case that resulted in gender reassignment surgery being relisted by OHIP. And we actively campaign for legislation such as “Toby’s Law,” which extends human rights protection to transgender people.
Through political action and collective bargaining, our union has made important strides for LGBTQ rights for our workers, our communities and for everyone in Canada. It is a tradition we are continuing, and we encourage all members to participate in your local pride events and make 2016 a summer of CUPE pride.
CUPE Ontario members participate in Pride events all over the province.
Use the calendar below to find an event near you. We will update the calendar as information becomes available.
|Guelph||guelphpride.com||April 29-May 8|
|Elliot Lake Pride||elpride.ca||May 27-29|
|Pride Niagara (St. Catharines)||prideniagara.com||May 28-June 4|
|Durham||pridedurham.com||June 1 – June 5|
|Timmins||timminspride.com||June 6 – June 11|
|Thunder Bay||thunderpride.ca||June 11-18|
|York Pride||yorkpridefest.com||June 11-19|
|Brantford||brantfordpride.ca||June 13 – 18|
|pridetoronto.com / facebook||June 24 – July 3
|Toronto -Trans Pride||Trans March / facebook||July 1|
|Toronto – Dyke March||Dyke March||July 2|
|Belleville||bellevillepride.ca||July 16 – July 23|
|Sudbury||sudburypride.com||July 18 – July 23|
|Muskoka||muskokapride.com||July 15 – July 24|
|Peel||peelpride.ca||July 11 – July 16|
|Simcoe County||simcoepride.com||July 28-Aug 6|
|Windsor-Essex||wepridefest.com||August 3 – August 7|
On Monday, September 5, CUPE Ontario members will take part in Labour Day events in communities across the province.
This Labour Day, CUPE Ontario members will combine their celebration of all that the labour movement has achieved, with a strong stand against privatization and austerity.
Austerity is at the root of all the hospital and school closures we’re seeing. It’s why we still have long wait lists for child care and developmental services, and why governments are outsourcing and selling off vital public assets like Hydro One.
The annual celebration has its roots in the labour movement’s fight for an eight-hour day and celebrates the many gains unions have struggled for on behalf of all workers, including health and safety regulations, parental leave, a minimum wage, pay equity laws and same-sex spousal benefits.
Please come out and join your fellow unionists at the Labour Day event in your area.
|Join us at Labour day events across Ontario in 2016:|
|Sept.5 – 9am – 2pm (registration at 8am)
Soap Box Derby, Open House & BBQ
1 Icomm Drive
Contact Jeff Van Wyk: Phone: (519) 717-0228; email: [email protected]
|Durham Region||Sept.5 – 11am – 3pm
Picnic at Memorial Park 100 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa
Activities include live music, bouncy castle, ice cream, slushies, food & drinks, RC cars, face painting and treats for the kids.
Contact John MacDonald: Phone: (905) 424-2776
|Hamilton||Sept.5 – 10:30am – 3pm
Parade starts at 10:30am at York Blvd/Queen St. North to Rolph’s Gate (Dundurn National Historic Site). Following is a picnic at Dundurn Park.
Phone: (905) 547-2944
|Kenora||Sept.5 – 11am – 2pm
Picnic/BBQ at Keewatin Beatty Park (10th Street)
Contact Donna Wiebe: Phone (807) 468-7203; email: [email protected]
|Kingston||Sept.5 – 10am – 2pm
Parade and picnic at McBurney Park (191 Ordnance St, Frontenac ON K7K 3S7
Phone: (613) 329-5901; email: [email protected]
|Kitchener||Sept.5 – 12pm – 4pm
Picnic – Waterloo Park 50 Young St W, Waterloo ON N2L 2Z4
Contact Dave Eales: Phone: (519) 743-8301; email: [email protected]
|Lindsay & District||Sept.4 – 12pm – Picnic
Old Mill Park, 16 Kent St.E, Lindsay, ON K9V 2J4 Activities include: games, bouncy castle, music, dinosaur egg hunt and BBQ.
Please send donations.
Contact James Mulhern: Phone: (705) 324-7841; email: [email protected]
|Niagara Region||Sept.5 – 10:30am – 7pm
Parade starts at 10:30am from Pen Centre (221 Glendale Ave.) followed by a family carnival from 12pm – 7pm
Contact Lou Ann Binning: Phone: (905) 708-4022; email: [email protected]
|North Bay||Sept.5 – Waterfront Park (100 Main St. E, North Bay, ON P1B 1A8)
Parade of flags starts at 11am followed by a picnic starting at 12pm.
Contact Henri Giroux: Phone: (705) 471-7746
|Ottawa||Sept.5 – 12pm – 4pm
Parade begins at Ottawa City Hall (Elgin St and Lisgar St.) at noon and ends at McNabb Park (Bronson and Gladstone) where picnic will be held from 1pm-4pm.
Activities include live music, games, pony rides, food and drinks, clowns and face painting.
Phone: (613) 233-7820; email: [email protected]
|Peel Region||Sept. 3 – 11am – 3pm
Picnic at Gage Park (1030 Main Street E).
Contact Jim McDowell: Phone: (416) 587-8809
|Peterborough||Sept.5 – 12pm – 2:30pm.
Picnic at Nichols Oval Park (725 Armour Road)
Phone: (705) 742-9286; email: [email protected]
Festivities at Pembroke Marina
Organized by Renfrew County Labour Council
|Sarnia|| Sept.5 — Parade and BBQ
Parade starts at 9:30am at Sarnia Library (corner of Wellington & Christina) and ending at Centennial Park, Front Street. BBQ held at Unifor 914 Hall
Phone: (519) 542-2375; email: [email protected]
|Sault Ste. Marie||Sept.5 – 11am – 4pm.
March and BBQ – Roberta Bondar Pavillion (65 Foster Drive)
Phone: (705) 941-8589; email: [email protected]
|Sudbury||Sept.5 – 10am – 4pm
March & picnic – Bell Park (Paris Street)
Phone: (705) 674-1223; email: [email protected]
|Thunder Bay||Sept.5 – 11am – 3pm
Picnic at Current River Park (450 Dewe Avenue)
Phone: (807) 345-2621; email: [email protected]
|Timmins||Sept.5 – 11am – 6pm
March around Gillies Lake (100 Lakeshore Rd.)
Picnic at Hollinger Park (565 Algonquin Blvd E, P4N 1B7)
Contact J.P. Deilets: Phone: (705) 274-3400; email: [email protected]
|Sept.5 – Parade
Meet at 9AM – Gathering west side of University, north from Armoury to Dundas W marching to Exhibition Place.
Phone: (416) 441-3663; email: [email protected]
|Windsor||Sept.5 – 10am.
Parade starting at Unifor Local 200/444 Union Hall and ends at Fogolar Furlan Club (1800 N Service Road (E.C. Row) with a picnic.
Contact Mike Malott: Phone: (519) 252-8281; email: [email protected]
Welcome to CUPE Ontario
CUPE is Ontario’s community union. Our members provide the quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day.
CUPE Ontario provides a strong political voice for more than 258,00 members across the province. Our members are proud to provide front-line services that support the communities in which we live and work.
Our members work in six main areas: social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.
Member locals choose to affiliate with CUPE Ontario because, together, we advocate for equality, strong public services, healthy communities, and a better Ontario for everyone.