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Family Education


note: Applications must be received before Monday, March 3rd, 2008

The dates for the sessions are as follows:
Session I Sunday, June 29th to Friday, July 11th Session II Sunday, July 13h to Friday, July 25th Session III Sunday, July 27th to Friday, August 8th

We want to restate our practice of first considering families who have never had the opportunity to attend the CAW Family Education Program. The program is open to all CAW members and their immediate family. For the purpose of the program, immediate family is spouse/partner and dependent children (up to age 18 only). THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE GRANDCHILDREN, NIECES, NEPHEWS, ETC.

The CAW Family Education Program is funded through the National Union and not through the PEL (Paid Education Leave) fund. CAW members do not have to have PEL in their collective agreement in order to apply.

We also want to make a special appeal to achieve our CAW goal of equity when it comes to membership access to this important education program.


ADULTS will discuss the history, structure and policies of our Union as well as current economic and social issues from a worker's viewpoint.

We will also participate in discussions with a number of excellent guest speakers on topics that touch the lives of workers every day: human rights, equality issues, changing society, globalization, our health care system and coalition building to name a few.

All sessions will stress adult, participatory learning methods in a very informal setting.

We will conclude the program by conducting a "mock" convention, after we have all had an opportunity to learn why, when and how to write and debate resolutions.

TEENAGERS, ages 13 to 18, will be involved in their own program that will include participation in some of the adult sessions, but will be geared to the concerns of their age group. Teaching methods have been developed to achieve maximum interest and participation.

CHILDREN age 5 to 12 will have a program supervised by trained recreation counsellors with activities ranging from arts and crafts to games and sports.

CHILDREN from infants to age 4 will be cared for in the day-nursery, complete with infant daycare and preschool facilities - including sleeping accommodation, enclosed playground and qualified staff.

Family Time

Classroom hours generally run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with Wednesday afternoons and the mid-session weekend set aside for family fun. The Centre is equipped with every manner of sports facility as noted elsewhere in this application.

Eligibility Requirements and Instructions

  • You are eligible to apply for a Family Education Scholarship if you are a CAW member in good standing.
  • CAW Canada will provide, free of charge, food, lodging and instruction to each scholarship participant (and family) during your stay at the Education Centre.
  • Each participant must contribute their time (vacation, personal leave, etc.). NO LOST TIME WILL BE PAID.
  • Plane tickets will be provided by the National Union (if you are traveling more than 400 kilometers one way, and choose to fly rather than drive).
  • For those participants driving to Port Elgin, transportation allowance based on 40 per kilometre is provided.
  • Those required to stay overnight while traveling to and from the Centre, will be provided with hotel accommodations. Meals will not be reimbursed.
  • You must fill out the entire application form, including date and signatures. Have it signed by your local union President or Financial Secretary and return by Monday, March 3rd, 2008 to:

    CAW Local 1106
    P.O. Box# 1092
    Kitchener ON
    N2G 4G1
    or fax: 519-585-7624

    Questions can be directed to Michelle Barrett CAW National Education Department 1-800-268-5763, ext #484 or by e-mail at

  • Please advise Michelle in the Education Department, Toronto, ON, if you or a member of your family require special medical consideration or have particular dietary needs while participating in the Family Program.

  • It is, first and foremost, a workers' education centre.

    You and every other CAW member and family are the owners. Together, as members of the CAW family, there is a collective responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of the Centre.

    Staff are on hand to take care of all details regarding the actual operation of the Centre. Your role as a member is to co-operate with the staff in this work, and, at all times, to conduct yourself as you would in dealings within your own families and within your own home.


    Childcare is available during course hours (see application form for more details - located at the bottom of this page).
    Towels and linens are provided at the Centre.
    Laundry facilities are available to help you keep up with the washing.
    No pets are allowed at the Centre.
    Recreational facilities include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, volleyball court, an indoor gymnasium and a sandy beach.
    Residential units contain a study area, sleeping quarters, a walk-in closet, bathroom facilities and a living room area with sofa bed, small fridge and patio access.
    Dress is casual summer wear, and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.
    If you play a musical instrument that is portable, please bring it along.
    We have a cultural evening we hope you will participate in. Bring along any cultural dress or music you may have.

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All CAW one week and four week residence programs (except for the Family Education Summer Program) are paid for by the "Paid Education Leave (PEL) Fund" - money that is bargained by local unions and paid by companies. All of the residence programs are held at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. Members who are attend these programs are selected by the Executive Board and are usually limited to those who are elected officers or staff of the Local.

All CAW one week, two week and four week residence programs (except for the Family Education Summer Program) are paid for by the "Paid Education Leave (PEL) Fund" - money that is bargained by local unions and paid by companies. All of the residence programs are held at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.

How can I apply to attend PEL programs?

CAW members are eligible to attend these programs only if PEL has been negotiated with their employer as a provision in the collective agreement. If you aren't sure if you have PEL, check with your local union leadership or check your collective agreement.
If you know you have PEL in your collective agreement, contact someone from your Local Union Executive or from your Education Committee for information about how to apply for a program.


For over 25 years, the CAW has offered a two-week residence family education program to members and their families. If selected by the local/national union to attend, the member agrees to give up his/her vacation time and the national union covers all costs of the program including travel and accommodation.
The program takes place in the months of July and August at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. A call letter is sent to all CAW locals in early December of the previous year, with a registration deadline of early March the year in which the program takes place. Selection is complete by early May.
Pre-teens participate in recreational programs run by fully-trained child care workers and counsellors.
Teenagers participate in their own specially-designed program which recognizes their unique interests but also incorporates the issues of social unionism in their curriculum.
Adults, both members and spouses/partners, combine learning and recreational activities and come away from the program with a better understanding of how to integrate trade unionism and social activism in the life of the family and community.
Every CAW member and all immediate family members up to 18 years of age, are eligible to attend the family program.

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National Bursaries

The CAW National Union and CAW Council annually offer a total of 25 bursaries and are for $2,000 each. They are:

National Union CAW Concil
(2) Dan Benedict (1) Pat McEvoy
(2) Cesar Chavez (2) Rosemary Brown
(2) Nelson Mandela (2) Tom Pickford
(2) Victor Reuther (2) Larry Bauer
(2) Dennis McDermott (2) Bud Jimmerfield
(2) Tommy Douglas (2) Terry Fox
(2) Jim Ashton  

These bursaries are awarded to sons/daughters of CAW members in good standing entering their first year of post secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, teachers' college, nursing school, etc.) One bursary will be available for CAW members with at least one year seniority attending their first year of post secondary education. This is an entrance bursary and is not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

Submissions should include;

  • an official application form (attached) and signed by a Local Union Officer
  • letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or community activist
  • transcript/record of marks

Please note that, unlike many bursaries awarded by other institutions, your grades are only one of several factors that will be considered.
Documents indicating definite acceptance at one of the institutions described above and proof of registration need to be submitted before the bursary can be awarded.
A committee appointed by the CAW Council Executive Board and/or CAW National Executive Board will make the selection of candidates. The decision of the committee is final.

Submit a completed application to;

CAW National Office
Education Department
205 Placer Court
Toronto, ON M2H 3H9
Attention: Jenny Ahn, National Representative
Postmarked no later than April 13th, 2008.

Those with disabilities, women, persons of colour and aboriginal Canadians are especially encouraged to apply.
Incomplete applications will not receive consideration.

2008 Bursaries Application Form
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