Greater Victoria CUPE Scholarship Fund 2021

Do you have a student in your life enrolled in post-secondary who could benefit from a scholarship? Consider applying for the Greater Victoria Scholarship fund!

Who is eligible to apply?
1. Student is under 25 years of age (as of December 31 on year of application).
2. Student’s parent/guardian is currently an active member of a CUPE Local from Greater Victoria that participates in the scholarship fund. Participating locals are:
CUPE 410
CUPE 788
CUPE 917
CUPE 951
CUPE 2011
CUPE 2081
3. Student is registered for full time studies. You are responsible to verify that information through the office of registration at the institution you will be attending. Each institution has its own guidelines for full time status due to the variety of program options.
4. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm Thursday, October 14th. All applications must be received by email by this date.
5. If you have previously been awarded a scholarship from this committee, you are not eligible to apply again.

Required for this application:
1. Introduction letter (please see linked documents below for full instructions)
2. Copy of latest transcripts from most recent academic studies (can be from university, college, or highschool).
3. Proof of registration and/or proof of payment of fees.
4. Reference letter with contact information from a non-family member. Only one letter will be accepted.

The GV CUPE Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of GPA; the information in the personal letter; and the letter of reference. The GV CUPE Scholarship Committee reserves the right to verify application information. This includes, but is not limited to, communicating with any person providing a support document to this application. All applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and will be securely destroyed after the awards are distributed. By signing the application, the student agrees with the terms of this scholarship.

GV CUPE Scholarship Application 2021 GV CUPE Scholarship Information 2021

GV CUPE Scholarship Application 2021

Completed applications and all required supporting documents to be emailed to:
Completed applications received by email by 11:59pm October 14, 2021

Federal Election Day | September 20, 2021

Monday September 20th is ELECTION DAY! If you did not vote in advance polls, Monday is your opportunity to cast your vote and make your choice! Polls are open from 7am-7pm in BC

CUPE has a long tradition of supporting the New Democratic Party, as the party of labour. However, we recognize your vote is your choice. If you remain undecided, we offer information for your consideration:

*What Institutions Need to Know:

At a minimum, the Canada Election Act, section 132 requires that employees who are Canadian citizens aged 18 years old or more on Election Day have three consecutive hours free from work without loss of pay while polls are open for the purpose of casting their ballot. *** If your schedule does not provide for the necessary time to vote, please connect with your supervisor to ensure you have the time free to exercise your right under the Canada Election Act.

 2021 Federal Election | Text Message Notifications

The Division sent text message reminders to CUPE BC members on Monday for the final day of advance voting in the federal election.  Leading up to September 20, members can expect to receive 1-2 more text messages from the Division containing voting reminders and Election Day information.

 Upcoming CUPE BC Canvasses | 2021 Federal Elections

Below is a list of upcoming canvasses and leaflet drops taking place in the days leading up to Election Day on September 20:


Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge Canvass

Phil Klapwyk 

Sept 17 – 5:30-8:30pm **Today**

22386 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge

Sign-up: Click here


Vancouver Granville Canvass

Anjali Appadurai 

Sept 18 | 5:30-8:30pm

5590 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Sign-up: Click here 


Nanaimo-Ladysmith Canvass

Lisa Marie Barron 

Sept 18 | 3:00-6:00pm

140 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

Sign-up: Click here


Burnaby North-Seymour Leaflet Drop

Jim Hanson 

Sept 19 | 2:00-5:00pm

4340 Hastings Street, Vancouver

Sign-up: Click here

North Island-Powell River Canvass

Rachel Blaney 

Sept 17 | 5:30-8:30pm **Today**

975 Shoppers Row (Tyee Plaza)

Sign-up: Click here


Courtenay-Alberni Canvass

Gord Johns 

Sept 18 | 10:00am-12:30pm

111 – 255 6th Street, Courtenay

Sign-up: Click here


Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke Leaflet Drop

Randall Garrison 

Sept 19 | 11:00am-4:00pm

Unit 5C, 100 Aldersmith Place, View Royal

Sign-up: Click here 


Victoria Leaflet Drop

Laurel Collins 

Sept 19 | 5:30-8:30pm

1262 Quadra Street, Victoria

Sign-up: Click here

Please also check the CUPE BC Facebook page for a full list of other upcoming canvasses and events.


BCFED Update | September 2021

On behalf of BCFED

Hello Friends,
And a happy belated Labour Day.

This week, the BCFED released a seminal new report on the case for 10 days of employer-paid sick leave. Titled, An Equitable Recovery – The Case for Paid Sick Leave as a Right of Employment in BC, this is our contribution to the BC government’s consultation that will shape the paid sick leave program coming into effect this January.

The report shows that paid sick leave is a fundamental part of how we build a strong and equitable economy and safeguard public health. And that BC lags badly behind other jurisdictions. It also includes exclusive polling that shows nine-in-ten British Columbians (89%) agree that businesses have a responsibility to provide paid sick leave; and that more than four-in-five British Columbians (86%) support our proposal for 10 employer-paid sick days.

We hope you’ll join our campaign and help share our call to action to legislate 10 employer-paid days for all workers!

Laird Cronk, President
Sussanne Skidmore, Secretary-Treasurer


BC hospital dietary and cleaning workers with the Hospital Employees Union scored a historic win against privatization, brining their jobs back into the public sector. Read about their decades long fight in this excellent blog post.


Please respect the unions’ picket lines in the following disputes, and do not patronize these businesses until the dispute is settled.

UNITE HERE Local 40 vs Pacific Gateway Hotel
Major Issues: Recall Rights, Concessions
Commenced: May 3, 2021

UNITE HERE Local 40 vs Hilton Metrotown
Major Issues: Refusal to extend recall rights, Concessions
Commenced: February 12, 2021

IBEW 213 vs Ledcor
Major Issues: First agreement (in bargaining for 2 years), mass terminations, working conditions, pay & benefits, job security & seniority
Commenced: September 30, 2019


Boycott: Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC – UNITE HERE Local 40/BCFED
Boycott: Hilton Metrotown, Burnaby, BC – UNITE HERE Local 40/BCFED


Safe, convenient and effective virtual classrooms
The delivery method has changed, but all BCFED Health & Safety Centre virtual courses offer the comprehensive curriculum and learning outcomes many have come to trust. The Centre’s virtual classroom training still applies adult learning principles to ensure learning is engaging, relevant and effective. Our virtual classrooms offer live, real-time learning, providing the benefits of traditional in-person training. Due to demand, we have added additional courses to our virtual course schedule.

Request a course
Beyond scheduled classes, and where participant numbers warrant, we can also work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses in a virtual classroom for all workers and workplace representatives. Request a course


On behalf of CUPE BC

Dear members,
Please read on for general CUPE BC announcements and to learn more about upcoming events, learning resources, and community engagement opportunities. If this email was forwarded to you and you wish to be added to our mailing list, please send an email request to

Upcoming CUPE BC Canvasses | 2021 Federal Elections

Below is a list of upcoming canvasses taking place over the coming days in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island:

Port Moody – Coquitlam

Sept 3 | 6:00 pm *Today*

3278 Westwood St, Port Coquitlam

Event Link: Click here


Burnaby South

Sept 4 | 1:00 pm

5262 Rumble St, Burnaby

Event Link: Click here


Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge

Sept 5 | 1:00 pm

Corner of 224th St & 119th Ave, Maple Ridge

Event Link: Click here


Sept 6 | 10:00 am

140 Commercial St, Nanaimo

Event Link: Click here



Sept 6 | 1:30 pm

1262 Quadra St, Victoria

Event Link: Click here


Please also check the CUPE BC Facebook page regularly for a full list of other upcoming canvasses and events.

T-Shirt Fundraiser | Orange Shirt Day | Sept 30

CUPE BC encourages members to visit the Orange Shirt Society website and consider a t-shirt purchase for Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2021. Partial proceeds from all t-shirt and merchandise sales will go towards the Orange Shirt Society and support the organization’s reconciliation events and activities.  T-shirts may also be purchased directly from various London Drugs locations.

BC Government Consultation | Paid Sick Leave Survey | Sept 14

The Provincial Government is developing paid sick leave for employees in BC to enable them to stay home when sick or injured, without losing wages, for a set number of days each year. The new model will come into effect on January 1, 2022.  At this time, the Government is seeking input from workers and employers about what paid sick leave they currently have in their workplaces and what improvements could be made.   For more information, please see below:

Paid Sick Leave Engagement Project:  Click here

Worker Survey:  Click here

Employer/Business Owner survey:  Click here

Surveys Close: September 14, 2021

CCPA Reports | Election 44: The Care Economy, Women, and COVID-19

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has remained at the forefront of the COVID pandemic by publishing in-depth analysis of its impacts and policy changes that are needed to protect vulnerable populations.  Please find links below to the CCPA’s reports and policy recommendations as the elections approach:

Platform Crunch: Conservatives release their federal commitments

Which promises have the Conservatives made to support women’s employment and the care economy? Click here to review the CCPA’s recent analysis, along with their assessment of the NDP commitments (click here). Other party platforms will be released as well.

Budget Watch 2021: The rebuild must start with the care economy

Senior CCPA researcher Katherine Scott explains why the “rebuild must start with the care economy” as a means of addressing the social, racialized, gendered, and income inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to read more.

Long-term care reform: No time to waste

The CCPA has published a road map (click here) to ensure that every senior is able to live with dignity and respect.

Canada’s immigration system is failing migrant care workers

COVID-19 has worsened the precarious, sometimes abusive working conditions for migrant care workers—most of whom are women and racialized people.  Click here to read CCPA researcher Rishika Waderhra’s analysis.

For more information, please read the CCPA Report “Women, work, and COVID-19: Priorities for supporting women and the economy” by Katherine Scott or listen to the CCPA “The Care Economy and What’s at Stake” podcast episode.

Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email for additional information.

In solidarity,


Return to Campus Public Health Guidance

On behalf of the BC Centre for Disease Control/Ministry of Health

Please find the guidelines released Sept 1, 2021 here: Post Secondary Public Health Guidelines Sept 1

Key Messages in this document:

  • This document outlines the prevention measures recommended by public health for post-secondary institutions in B.C. to reduce the risk of communicable diseases, including COVID-19, on campus.
  •  Educational settings are low-risk settings for COVID-19 transmission, particularly in the context of a highly immunized population.
  • Vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus. Everyone eligible is strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated (i.e., receive two doses) against COVID-19.

Get Tested When Recommended: Encourage students faculty and staff to use the BC Self-Assessment Tool app, the BCCDC When to Get Tested Resource, or call 8-1-1 to determine if they should get tested for COVID-19 if they’re sick.

Union Office Summer Closure: August 3-16

On behalf of Erynne Grant, Lead Shop Steward

The Union office will be CLOSED from August 3rd-August 16th, 2021. Please continue to email general queries to and I will reply to you as soon as possible upon my return.

In the event of a workplace emergency, please contact Jesse Scott, Campus Steward in my absence.

I look forward to seeing everyone on campus in the coming weeks!

Kind Regards,

Erynne Grant l Labour Relations Officer


United Way 20/21 Impact Report

On behalf of the United Way of Southern Vancouver Island

CUPE Local 2081 has a standing motion to donate $1 per member annually, every October. In October 2020, CUPE Local 2081 donated an additional $500 above our standing motion to assist our community through the pressures of COVID-19. For the 20/21 fiscal year, United Way raised $6.2 million thanks to donations such as this. United Way was able to fund 184 local programs, positively impacting the lives of 125,000 Southern Vancouver Island residents. Read their full 2020/21 Impact Report to find out how donors such as our union made an impact in the community.


BCFED Puts Pressure on Government to Uphold TRC Calls to Action

On behalf of the BCFED

On Thursday, July 8th President of the BC Federation of Labour Laird Cronk sent a letter to put pressure on Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier John Horgan, as well as federal and provincial ministers regarding the TRC Calls To Action:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Federal Ministers Bennett, Miller, Lametti, and Tassi; Premier Horgan and BC Ministers Eby and Rankin:

Re:       TRC Calls to Action

We write to you today on behalf of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) which represents over 500,000 working people in the province of British Columbia through its affiliated unions. We write in the wake of the uncovering in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Sioux Valley Dakota and Muskowekwan territories over the past weeks of unmarked children’s graves at the sites of multiple residential schools.

It has been over five years since the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada were published, and over five years since you promised to take immediate action to implement them all.

We are calling upon you to uphold that commitment and to fully implement all the TRC Calls to Action, and to pay special attention to the Calls to Action that deal with missing children, justice and health.

There were over 130 government-operated residential schools, all of which need to be fully investigated for remains in culturally appropriate ways. This work must be led by Indigenous communities and fully resourced and funded by the federal government. It is expected that thousands of unmarked graves exist across Canada of Indigenous children who died at residential schools. Families who never saw their children return home experience never-ending grief and continue to live with deep scars.

The BCFED is deeply concerned by the federal government’s inaction on identifying and returning the remains of stolen children, as recounted by TRC Commissioner and Chair, the Honourable Murray Sinclair:

“We asked the government to allow us to conduct a fuller inquiry to that part of the work of the TRC, to explore that on behalf of the survivors and Canadian public. We submitted a proposal, as it was not within the mandate of the TRC, and that request was denied. So largely we did what we could, but it was not anywhere near what we needed to investigate. Now we are seeing evidence of the large number of children who died.”

In the wake of the evidence coming to light on multiple sites of residential schools across the country, we urge you to do right by the memory of the children, and their families.

As such, there are a number of pressing priorities that require urgent action. We call upon you and your government to stop fighting residential school survivors in court, as per TRC Call to Action 29.  Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling, which was an expansion of the 2017 ruling, found that the federal government is willfully and recklessly discriminating against First Nations children in ways that contributed to child deaths and a multitude of unnecessary family separations. The Tribunal ordered Canada to pay $40,000 to each victim of its discriminatory conduct, dating back to 2006. We publicly acknowledge that despite your own repeated assertions that you allowed your government to file a judicial review to “quash all financial compensation” on October 4, 2019.

In addition, we also call upon you to stop blocking the creation of statistical reports on residential school abuse claims and the direct transfer of all other records to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

We call upon you to immediately implement the Spirit Bear Plan of the First Nations Family and Caring Society, led by Cindy Blackstock, to end inequalities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families. We also call upon you to provide adequate and sustainable mental health and addictions services to Indigenous peoples on and off reserve in both rural and urban areas.

We call upon you to immediately solve the lack of clean drinking water for First Nations and implement United Nations General Assembly Resolution 64/292 which explicitly recognizes access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right and has been endorsed by Canada.

And finally, we call upon you to legislate full adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly the requirement for free, prior and informed consent when making decisions that impact Indigenous rights, with full support and collaboration from Indigenous Peoples.

The moral imperative for action is clear. We look forward to seeing imminent progress.

Yours sincerely,


President                           Secretary-Treasurer

Legislative Update – June 2021

On behalf of Justin Schmid, Legislative Coordinator (CUPE BC)

Minimum Wage Increased
On June 1, 2021, B.C.’s lowest paid workers received a pay boost, when the general minimum wage increased to $15.20 an hour and the lower discriminatory minimum wage for liquor servers ended.

Paid Sick Leave for Non-Union Workers Introduced
Employees working under the Employment Standards Act now have access to three days of paid sick leave related to COVID-19, such as having symptoms, self-isolating and waiting for a test result. Employers are now required to pay workers their full wages and the Province will reimburse employers without an existing sick leave program Up to $200 per day for each worker to cover costs. A permanent paid sick leave for workers who cannot work due to any illness or injury will be established beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

New Skilled Trades Certification System
A new skilled trades certification system is being developed by the provincial government. Following public consultation, implementation will start with ten initial trades from electrical, mechanical and automotive disciplines:
• mechanical: gasfitter Class A and B, steamfitter/pipefitter, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and sheet metal worker;
• electrical: powerline technician, industrial electrician and electrician (construction); and
• automotive: heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician.
Once implemented, individuals in these ten trades will be required to either be a certified journeyperson or a registered apprentice to work. Government will also be working with industry to introduce journeyperson to apprentice ratios for each of these ten trades, as in every other province. B.C. was the only province not to require compulsory trades certification for skilled trades since it was eliminated in 2003.

Federal National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Statutory Holiday Created
A new statutory holiday was created for employees in the federal government and federally regulated workplaces. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commemorating the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada, will be recognized on September 30 each year.

Accessibility Legislation for a More Inclusive Province
The accessible British Columbia act will allow government to establish accessibility standards aimed at identifying, removing, and preventing barriers to accessibility and inclusion. Standards will be developed in a range of areas such as employment, the delivery of services and the built environment. Additionally, a $4.8-million grant from the Province will support employers to hire, rehire and retain people with disabilities for long-term successful employment.

New Childcare Legislation & Regulations
New child care legislation will allow the government to set limits on child care fees for parents. This will help ensure child care is more affordable for families. The new legislation will also allow more flexibility in providing trained ECEs throughout the province. A change to the regulations will also exempt school grounds from minimum requirements for the provision of childcare since schools are already designed to be safe for children.

Electoral Boundaries to Be Reviewed
The Province has amended the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act to provide the upcoming electoral boundaries commission with more independence and flexibility as it works to recommend an electoral map for the next two general elections. These amendments will ensure the location of political boundaries between seats is determined not by politicians, but by an independent commission.

CUPE BC’s General Updates & Resources for CUPE Members

On behalf of CUPE BC

Pensions & Retirement Fact Sheet | CUPE BC Pensions Committee

A “Pensions and Retirement” Fact Sheet has been prepared by the CUPE BC Pensions Committee as part of its 2019-2021 Committee Action Plan.  The factsheet can be found here: Pension Fact Sheet May 2021

Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship | Application Form | Aug 31, 2021

CUPE BC is now accepting applications for the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship.  Please find linked a copy of the application form, which is also available online on the CUPE BC website (click here).

Scholarships are awarded on both a competitive and lottery basis based on the following criteria:

  1. Parent, Guardian or Spouse of Applicant, or the Applicant her/himself must be a member in good standing of a CUPE Local affiliated to CUPE BC at the time of application.
  2. Applicant must have completed Grade 12 in the current or previous calendar year.
  3. Applicant must be entering first year of a recognized public postsecondary institution in BC. A copy of the acceptance letter from the admitting institution must be supplied.
  4. Applicant must complete an application form supported by copies of the Senior Secondary Statement and letter(s) of reference from school principal or counsellor.

All applications must be received by the CUPE BC Office ( by end of day on August 31, 2021.

CUPE BC Web Conference | Build Your Resilience | June 15

Please join CUPE BC’s Summer 2021 Web Conference led by Diana Vissers, Occupational Health Consultant and CEO of Work to Wellness.  In this webinar, Diana will introduce a framework for understanding mental health and wellness and share tools for managing the stress of the pandemic.

Build Your Resilience: Tools for Managing the Stress of COVID-19

Date:  June 15, 2021

Time:  9:30-11:00 am PST (90 minutes)

Presenter: Diana Vissers

Free Registration: Click here

Registration Deadline:  Monday, June 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST

Live captioning and translation in French will be provided.  Members of all affiliated and non-affiliated locals are welcome to attend.

CUPE BC Pink Triangle Committee | Video & YouTube Channel

The CUPE BC Pink Triangle Committee created a video and started its own YouTube Channel, both of which can be accessed using the links below:

“Sending Virtual Hugs” Video:

Pink Triangle YouTube Channel:

SD 73 Video | Brake for Buses | #brakeforbuses

Each school day, thousands of students leaving their school bus are at risk of being struck by vehicles that fail to stop at the flashing stop lights and signs.  Please click here to view a video produced by School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson), which was cited by CUPE members during the 2021 CUPE BC Convention.

 Call to Action | CUPE Climate Change Emergency Declaration

The CUPE National Environment Committee invites all CUPE Locals, District Councils, and other CUPE contacts to sign a declaration recognizing the global climate crisis.  Please find links below to the climate declaration form (ENG/FR) and submit the completed form by email to