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Education Committee

Committee Members:  Kim Sardella,  Emily Heikoop

The Education Committee facilitates the numerous education opportunities for our members offered.


Unifor National Scholarships
For Children of Unifor members entering their first year of post-secondary education.
Unifor recognizes that the costs associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working-class families.  To assist in making education more accessible, we’ve established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each. 

The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing.  Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.  One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority.  These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

New Online Registration Process

Detailed information about eligibility and how to apply for a scholarship can be found in the following document:  Application Description & Instructions

In order for your application to be complete, you must have the following document signed by a Local Union Officer and ready for upload with your application documents:  Local Signature Form

Using the Online Application

Click on the appropriate link below to complete your online application.  Please ensure that you have read the instructions carefully, and have the following documents ready on your device for upload with your application:

1)  Current high school transcript (children of Unifor members only)

2)  Reference letter

3)  Local Union Officer signature form

4)  Essay

Please note that any partially completed applications, or applications missing any of the required documents, will result in an error message, and cannot be submitted.  Please ensure you have all documents available before submitting.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 11th.

Link to application for children of Unifor members applying for a scholarship:

Link to Unifor members applying for a scholarship:


Local Area Courses

Unifor will be running a number of 1 to 3 day courses in our area for Spring 2017.  Notably in Hamilton is the 1 day Planning for Your Future course that is quite popular.  Keep an eye out for more information and if you are intersted in any of these courses, please email for more information about how to enroll.  The Ontario Schedule has now been posted below.


February to June 2018 PEL Course Schedule

Unifor National Education Department has released the February to June PEL (Paid Education Leave) Schedule

Here is your chance to apply for an educational opportunity at the Unifor Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. These courses are free of charge to you and run from Sunday to Friday, with the exception of a few as noted in the schedule. All course related costs including tuition, course materials, accommodation, meals and paid release time away from your job are paid by the employer under the terms of the Paid Education Leave Program negotiated by Unifor Local 5555 on your behalf.

The Education Committee encourages you to take advantage of this unique education program. The 2017 August to December course schedule can be found below. More detailed descriptions of the courses offered over this term can be found on the Unifor National website at the following link

If you are interested in applying for a course, please complete the two attached application forms:

    (1) 5555 Internal PEL application

    (2) National PEL application form

Submit via email attachment to or fax to 289-389-4861 or in hard copy to either union office location (on campus, Gilmour Hall B111 or off campus 45 Frid Street, Unit #11).

Please address to :  Unifor Local 5555 Paid Education Leave Selection Committee,  Attention:  Kim Sardella, Financial Secretary-Treasurer.   Please do not fax your application directly to the Port Elgin Family Education Centre as it will not be accepted or returned to us.

Applications must be received before the internal course application deadline indicated in the attached course schedule. Please note the internal application deadlines are earlier than those listed on the Unifor National webpage to allow time for our Local's internal applicant evaluation and approval process.

Also note, before you apply for any Paid Education Leave courses, you must speak to your supervisor to ensure you can be away (released) from your job for the particular week of the course. Your department will be reimbursed for the costs associated (wages & benefits) with your time away while attending the course.

Hamilton Area Courses Fall 2017

Course descriptions for courses scheduled for the Hamilton area are included in this document. Course descriptions for offerings further away, like Toronto and Oshawa are available upon request by emailing

February to June 2018 Port Elgin Schedule

National PEL Application Form

Unifor 5555 Internal PEL Application Form

National Scholarship Information Letter