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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 April 29-May 8
Elliot Lake Pride May 27-29
Pride Niagara (St. Catharines) May 28-June 4
Kingston June 18
Durham June 1 – June 5
Timmins June 6 – June 11
Barrie June 11
Thunder Bay June 11-18
York Pride June 11-19
Hamilton June 18
Brantford June 13 – 18
Pride Parade / facebook June 24 – July 3

July 3

Toronto -Trans Pride Trans March / facebook July 1
Toronto – Dyke March Dyke March July 2
Belleville July 16 – July 23
Sudbury July 18 – July 23
Muskoka July 15 – July 24
Brockville TBA (mid-July)
Peel July 11 – July 16
London July 14-24
Simcoe County July 28-Aug 6
Windsor-Essex August 3 – August 7
Ottawa August 15-21
Chatham-Kent TBA
Peterborough September 17-24




Rally for Care @ St. Joseph's Villa
Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join CUPE Ontario with 1st VP Michael Hurley and HCWCC Chair Heather Duff at the Rally for Care this Tuesday, August 30th

Celebration of Resistance Rally & Lunch @ Leamington Public Library
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Celebration of Resistance Rally & Lunch @ Leamington Public Library | Leamington | Ontario | Canada

CUPE Local 2974 – Library Workers for Essex County have been on strike for over 2 months fighting deep concessions that could affect all of us. They need ALL of our support.

Join CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick, CUPE National President Mark Hancock and OFL President Chris Buckley as we celebrate the amazing CUPE Local 2974 – Library Warriors. Rally at 11:00 with lunch to follow.


Need a ride? Call CUPE Ontario at 905-739-9739 x611.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure

Bus 1 – Departing from Markham

  1. Depart MARKHAM (CUPE Ontario office, 80 Commerce Valley Drive E) at 6:00 am
  1. Depart MISSISSAUGA (Comfort Inn Hotel, 31 Topflight Drive) at 6:45 am
  1. Depart GUELPH (Aberfoyle GO Station, 202 Brock Road S) at 7:45 am
  1. Depart LONDON (Flying J Gas Station, 3700 Highbury Avenue) at 9:15 am

Bus 1 will depart Leamington at 1:00 pm and arrive back in Markham at 5:30 pm.


Bus 2 – Departing from Toronto

  1. TORONTO (Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W) at 7:00 am

Bus 2 will depart Leamington at 1:00 pm and arrive back in Toronto at 5:00 pm.


Make it Blue for Time to Care
Sep 4 all day


Labour Day Events 2016 @ Events Across Ontario
Sep 5 all day

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:
Brantford &
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]

Download the Labour Day flyer here

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]

Download the Labour Day flyer here

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]

Renfrew Sept.5

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]

Download the Labour Day flyer here

Sault Ste. Marie Sept.5 – 11am – 4pm.

March and BBQ – Roberta Bondar Pavillion (65 Foster Drive)

Phone: (705) 941-8589; email: [email protected]

Download the Labour Day flyer here

Sudbury Sept.5 – 10am – 4pm

March & picnic – Bell Park (Paris Street)

Phone: (705) 674-1223; email: [email protected]

Download the Labour Day flyer here

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]

Toronto &
York Region
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]

Download the Labour Day flyer here


CUPE Ontario 2016 Golf Tournament @ Richmond Hill Club & Resort
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am
CACO Conference 2016 @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all day
HCWCC Conference 2016 @ London DoubleTree by Hilton
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all day

For information on:

Hotel, Workshops, Draft Agenda, Access Request Form, Family or Dependent Care Subsidy, Registration forms and more, click here.

Rally for Decent Work @ Queen's Park
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm

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