View our calendar of upcoming conferences and events across Ontario.

Apr
29
Fri
Pride 2016 @ Across Ontario
Apr 29 – Sep 24 all day
Pride 2016 @ Across Ontario

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.

Location Website Dates
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
Kingston kingstonpride.ca June 18
Durham pridedurham.com June 1 – June 5
Perth TBC
Timmins timminspride.com June 6 – June 11
Barrie barriepride.ca June 11
Thunder Bay thunderpride.ca June 11-18
Grey Bruce Pride
York Pride yorkpridefest.com June 11-19
Hamilton pridehamilton.ca June 18
Brantford brantfordpride.ca TBA (late June)
Gananoque TBC
Toronto pridetoronto.com June 24 – July 3
Toronto -Trans Pride
Toronto - Dyke March
Belleville bellevillepride.ca July 16 – July 23
Sudbury sudburypride.com July 18 – July 23
Muskoka muskokapride.com July 15 – July 24
Brockville brockvillepride.weebly.com/ TBA (mid-July)
Peel peelpride.ca July 11 – July 16
London pridelondon.ca July 14-24
Simcoe County simcoepride.com July 28-Aug 6
Windsor-Essex wepridefest.com August 3 – August 7
Ottawa capitalpride.ca August 15-21
Chatham-Kent pride-ck.com TBA
Sault TBC
Peterborough peterboroughpride.ca September 17-24
May
4
Wed
Make it Blue for Time to Care
May 4 all day

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May
8
Sun
Rally in Defence of Women’s Right to Maternity Leave @ Yonge-Dundas Square
May 8 @ 12:00 pm
Rally in Defence of Women's Right to Maternity Leave @ Yonge-Dundas Square | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

 

This Mother’s Day, join CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer at a rally to support CUPE 1281 member Gilary Massa. After seven years as a respected employee at the Ryerson Students’ Union, Gilary was fired 3 months into her maternity leave and replaced by a friend of the RSU Executive.

Why this issue matters:

Supporting Gilary is not just about defending a single person. Employers in Canada far too often disregard workers’ rights and fire women on maternity leave. Please come out this Mother’s Day to defend Gilary’s rights and the rights of all parents, women, and workers across the country!

RESPECT MATERNITY LEAVE! REINSTATE GILARY!

 

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May
13
Fri
CUPE Thunder Bay Leadership Meeting @ Prince Arthur Hotel
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The province has already sold off 30% of Hydro One and is aggressively shopping the remaining 70% to private interests. The same legislation that made it possible to privatize Hydro One also made it much more attractive for municipalities to sell or merge local distribution companies like Thunder Bay Hydro. We need to remind our elected representatives that we will hold them accountable and that there will be consequences for breaking their promise.

There is no sector in Ontario that will not be impacted by the rising cost of electricity. Higher rates mean municipalities, school boards, health care facilities, and social service agencies will have to do more with less, which will make our bargaining much more difficult.

We have included below the details regarding the meeting. Please make every effort to attend this important leadership meeting and bring other members of your local. We want to engage you on this issue and explain why it’s so important that we have all hands on deck as we engage in this fight for Ontario’s future.

Please note: We have scheduled this meeting for a Friday night because the Northwestern Ontario CUPE Council Spring School is scheduled for the same weekend, May 14 & 15. Please make every effort to send any members who are attending the school to Thunder Bay early enough to attend this meeting at 6pm on Friday, May 13th. CUPE Ontario will serve dinner, and our NWOCC will host a social immediately following the hydro meeting.

May
23
Mon
Credentials Committee 2016 Meeting @ Sheraton Centre Toronto
May 23 @ 9:00 am

Convention Committee Form

 

Credentials Committee: 

The Credentials Committee helps to pack the convention kits and helps register delegates at the registration desk throughout convention.  In order to participate as a member of the Credentials committee you must be a registered delegate to convention.

May
24
Tue
Distribution Committee 2016 Meeting @ Toronto Centre Sheraton
May 24 all day

Convention Committee Form

 

Distribution Committee:

The Distribution Committee distributes official Convention materials on the convention floor.  To serve on the Distribution Committee, you must be a Convention delegate or alternate.

 

May
25
Wed
CUPE Ontario Convention 2016 @ Sheraton Centre Toronto
May 25 – May 28 all day
CUPE Ontario Convention 2016 @ Sheraton Centre Toronto | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Convention Call & Agenda

In accordance with Article 4 of the Constitution, you are hereby notified that the 53rd Annual Convention of this Division (Convention 2016) will convene at the Sheraton Centre Toronto at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th, and will conclude on Saturday, May 28th, 2016.

 

Updates:

April 20, 2016 – Download Draft Agenda

April 20, 2016 – Download Caucuses and Events

Elections

Any member who has declared for election to any position, and makes it known in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer no later than March 11th,shall be given the opportunity to provide up to a one hundred and fifty word statement as an election profile that shall be printed and distributed through regular mail and posted online.

CUPE Ontario will not be responsible for translating individual candidates’ election material. [Article 6(b)]

The following positions will be elected at Convention:

  • President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • 1st VP
  • 2nd VP
  • 3rd VP
  • 4th VP
  • 6 Members at Large
  • Trustee
  • Northern Ontario Representative*
  • 6 Equality Representatives*
    • Aboriginal Council
    • Pink Triangle
    • Racial Justice
    • Women
    • Workers With Disabilities
    • Young Workers

*Elected in Caucus at Convention

Registration Fee

Credential Type

Fee if on or before April 30th

Fee after April 30th

Delegate

$350.00

$425.00

Alternate

$350.00

$425.00

Guest

$350.00

$350.00

Accommodation

All hotel reservations are to be made online or directly through W.E. Travel by calling 1-888- 676-7747 no later than May 8th, 2016

Webcast

All CUPE members can watch the live stream from the floor and be part of the CUPE Ontario Convention by registering for the webcast using the form below.

What are resolutions and constitutional amendments?

Resolutions are “statements of resolve” sent to CUPE Ontario by member locals, district councils, the executive board of CUPE Ontario , or a committee of CUPE Ontario.

Resolutions that have been adopted by the membership at Convention 2016 decide the next important initiatives for CUPE Ontario to undertake.

Constitutional amendments are proposed changes to the CUPE Ontario constitution that can modify the structural form and procedures of CUPE Ontario.

 

How do I submit resolutions and constitutional amendments?

Resolutions and constitutional amendments must be submitted on behalf of a local union, district council, the executive board of CUPE Ontario, or a committee of CUPE Ontario.

Resolutions and constitutional amendments must not exceed 200 words in total.

Resolutions and constitutional amendments must be submitted under the letterhead of the affiliate submitting, and signed by the presiding President and Recording Secretary.

Resolutions and constitutional amendments must be received by CUPE Ontario on or before April 7th, 2016.

Note that you may fax your resolutions and/or constitutional amendments to CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick via Sue Jeffrey at (905) 739-9740, or e-mail them to [email protected].

However, if you choose to fax or e-mail your resolutions, you must physically mail them to the CUPE Ontario immediately thereafter.

 

If new developments occur after the Resolution deadline, what is the procedure for sending Emergency Resolutions?

Emergency Resolutions submitted less than 48 days prior to Convention can only be dealt with at Convention upon majority consent of the delegates at Convention.  In addition, Emergency Resolutions must be submitted to delegates for consideration at least 2 hours prior to being dealt with as an Emergency Resolution.

Per capita paid up to receive credentials

December 31

Convention Committee names must be submitted

March 1

Election Material deadline [per Article 6(b)]
(CUPE Ontario will print and distribute flyers for those running for an elected position at Convention)

March 11

Resolutions / Constitutional Amendments deadline

April 7

Hotel Reservations deadline

May 8

Local Assistance form submission deadline

March 31

Convention Awards (Sisters in Solidarity, H&S, IWAC) deadline

April 22

Per Capita payment (late registration fee will apply after this date)

April 30

Early-Bird Credentials deadline

April 30

Access Request form deadline
(Note: You must complete this form if you require ASL Interpretation or Real Time Captioning at Convention)

April 30

On-Site Child Care form deadline (ages: infant – 9 years)

April 30

Youth Camp Registration form deadline (ages: 10 years – 14 years)

April 30

Family / Dependent Care Subsidy form deadline

Post Convention

Constitution committee: 

The Constitution committee meets prior to convention to make recommendations on all constitutional amendments submitted to CUPE Ontario.  The amendments and committee recommendations are presented at Convention based on the order of the day.  In order to participate as a member of the Constitution committee you must be a registered delegate to convention.  The Constitution committee is scheduled to meet in the CUPE Ontario office on April 12th and April 13th.

 

Resolutions committee:

The Resolutions committee meets prior to convention to make recommendations on all resolutions submitted to CUPE Ontario.  The resolutions are presented at Convention based on the order of the day.  In order to participate as a member of the resolutions committee you must be a registered delegate to convention.  The Resolutions committee is scheduled to meet in the CUPE Ontario office on April 14th and April 15th.

 

Ways & Means Committee: 

The Ways & Means Committee prepares the proposed budget for the upcoming year along with the Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario.  In order to participate as a member of the Ways & Means committee you must be a registered delegate to convention.  The Ways & Means Committee is scheduled to meet in the CUPE Ontario office on April 26th and 27th.

 

Credentials Committee: 

The Credentials Committee helps to pack the convention kits and helps register delegates at the registration desk throughout convention.  In order to participate as a member of the Credentials committee you must be a registered delegate to convention. The Credential committee is scheduled to meet at the Toronto Sheraton on May 23rd

 

Distribution Committee:

The Distribution Committee distributes official Convention materials on the convention floor.  To serve on the Distribution Committee, you must be a Convention delegate or alternate.

The Credential committee is scheduled to meet at the Toronto Sheraton on May 24th

Jun
4
Sat
Make it Blue for Time to Care
Jun 4 all day

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Time to Care – Week of Action 2016
Jun 4 – Jun 12 all day