Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – Friday, May 28, 2021

Virtual Convention
Contact: Meaghan Dixon
905-739-9739 x 611
[email protected]

Convention Call

In accordance with Article 4 of the Constitution, you are hereby notified that the 57th Annual CUPE Ontario Convention will convene online on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 and will conclude on Friday, May 28, 2021. Registration details to follow. Read the first call here.


As a result of the decision by the National President to extend all terms of office by one year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all positions on the Executive Board will be up for election at the Convention for a one year term.  There will also be an election for a three year trustee. Elections will be held again at the 2022 Convention in order to bring the organization back in line with the Constitution.

Any member who has declared for election to any position, and makes it known in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer no later than March 12, 2021, shall be given the opportunity to provide up to a one hundred and fifty words 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) of the CUPE Ontario Constitution].  Please send materials to Candace Rennick via Kareena Kawall at [email protected]

Click here to view the election flyers.

Registration Fee

This year, locals can send one retiree delegate at no cost.

Credential Type

Fee if on or before April 30th

Fee after April 30th














Both ASL and French translation are available at the CUPE Ontario Convention. Please submit requests by the April 30th deadline. Please send forms or inquiries to Christine Fera at [email protected]


CUPE Ontario strives to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to our conferences and events in a manner that fully respects their dignity and independence. Wherever possible, our services are provided to persons with disabilities and others in an integrated fashion – unless an alternate measure is necessary in order to enable a person with a disability to obtain, use, or benefit from our services.

Please submit an Access Request Form to our office prior to April 30th so that we can ensure that any accommodations you require are provided.   We have included a copy of an accessibility form in this convention package for your use.  While we do our best to accommodate last minute request, we ask that every effort is made to submit request by the April 30th deadline. Instructions for submitting an Access Request Form will be sent out very soon.

A representative will be in touch with you prior to Convention to ensure that suitable arrangements have been made.  Some examples of services that are available are: ASL Interpretation, French translation, assistance with registration, accessible hard copy materials, electronic materials, etc.

An Accessibility Liaison will be available to assist you during our event. Please send forms or inquiries to Christine Fera at [email protected]

All resolutions to be considered at a Convention must be submitted by a Local Union or District Council, or by the Executive Board of the Division, or committee thereof, so that they are in the office of the Secretary-Treasurer no later than Forty-Eight (48) Days prior to the Convention and must not exceed 200 words in total.

April 8, 2021 is the deadline for receiving Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments.

All resolutions must be submitted under the letterhead of the affiliate submitting same, and signed by the Presiding Officer and Secretary of such affiliate [Article 4(h) of the CUPE Ontario Constitution].  Please address resolutions to Candace Rennick via email (in Microsoft Word) to Shadi Golic at [email protected].

Per capita paid up to receive credentials December 31
Convention Committee names must be submitted March 1
Election Material deadline [per Article 6(b) of the CUPE Ontario Constitution]
(CUPE Ontario will print and distribute flyers for those running for an elected position at Convention)
March 12
Local Assistance Form submission March 31
Date local union shall have paid per capita tax on its total membership up to and including March 31 in order to be seated March 31
Resolutions / Constitutional Amendments deadline April 8
Convention Awards (Sisters in Solidarity, H&S, IWAC, Racial Justice) deadline April 15
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)
April 30
Family / Dependent Care Subsidy form deadline  Post Convention

One of the most important contributions to an efficient Convention is the work carried out by the five Convention committees.  You must be a registered delegate to Convention in order to serve on most of these committees.  Some committees require you to attend pre-Convention meetings.

Committee Name Meeting Dates Requirements No. of Members
Constitutions April 21 & 22 Registered delegate 5
Resolutions April 20 & 21 Registered delegate 7
Ways & Means April 14 & 15 Registered delegate 3
Credentials TBD Registered delegate TBD

For a detailed description of the duties and tasks for each committee, please click here


As outlined, there are a limited number of members per committee.  If you wish to serve on a Convention committee, contact your local and ask that name be submitted to the CUPE Ontario Office addressed to Candace Rennick via Kerry Davenport at [email protected] no later than March 1st.

Download the Convention Committee form by clicking here.

There will be 2 award winners selected for each of the awards. One for 2020 and one for 2021.

Please allow one form per nomination. For each award, nominations for 2020 and 2021 will be accepted by the April 15th deadline. Nominators should note on their form for which year the nomination is being submitted.

2020 & 2021 Convention Awards

Health and Safety Award

Injured Workers Award

Racial Justice Award

Sisters in Solidarity Award

Read the 2021 action plan here.