PSAC Ontario: Advocacy and Representation on Workplace Racism Course (In Person – September 21-23, 2024)

September 21 2024 - September 22 2024

9am - 5pm

Toronto RO - 90 Eglinton Avenue East - Suite 608 Toronto ON M4P 2Y3


The course is designed to equip Stewards, Local Officers, and Union Representatives with the skills and competencies to represent and advocate for Indigenous, Black, Asian, and other racialized PSAC members in racial discrimination cases with an intersectional and anti-oppression lens.

Participants must have prior grievance handling or anti-racism advocacy experience or education before enrollment.


PSAC Ontario Toronto RO 90 Eglinton Avenue East – Suite 608 Toronto ON M4P 2Y3


September 21-23, 2024
9am – 5pm

Please note that this is a weekend course.

This course is designed for PSAC members who:

  • Have taken the two-day core Grievance Handling course or have equivalent grievance handling experience/training (e.g., Talking Union Basics.
  • This course assumes that participants understand basic human rights concepts, grievance handling and the PSAC structure.
  • This is not an entry level/basic level course.

Course Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will:


  • What is racism and racial discrimination
  • What is the impact of workplace racism
  • How to address workplace racism and racial discrimination


  • Prepared to intervene effectively in racial discrimination cases
  • Prepared to use tools to address workplace racism

Be able to:

  • Better recognize when racism occurs
  • Advocate for, and represent members, on workplace racism
  • Support racialized members who experience(d) racism


The PSAC is funding a maximum of 20 participants to this course. Unfortunately, not all applicants will be accepted as space is limited.

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:
1. Representation experience
2. Union position
3. Components/DCL
4. Geography


The Member Expense Portal (MEP) will be utilized for participants to submit their expense claims online upon completion of the course. For those participants not familiar with the MEP, instructions will be provided on how to log on to the MEP and submit your claim.


Participants will be entitled to actual LOS as determined by their normal working hours, and their travel requirements.
A copy of a compressed work week schedule, which indicates hours/days scheduled to work, should be filed with your expense claim if claiming more hours than those specified in the applicable collective agreement.
A copy of an official shift schedule should accompany your claim if you are scheduled to work on Saturday or Sunday. The shift schedule must contain your name, the dates, and the scheduled hours of work. Please retain all receipts and supporting documentation for your claim for a period of two years.


To request a Union Leave Letter, please provide a copy of a work week schedule, which indicates the hours/days you were scheduled to work. This must be in a timely manner and as specified in the applicable collective agreement.


The PSAC National Travel Policy applies for all participant expenses associated with attending the course.

Personally- Operated Motor Vehicle (POMV)
Participants choosing POMV must contact Programs Section for prior approval. Only expenses with prior approval will be reimbursed. Participants approved to travel by POMV will be reimbursed expenses and loss of salary which would have been incurred had public transportation been used.


Meals will not be provided. Per diem will be provided as per the PSAC National Travel Policy.

Meals and Allowances While in Travel Status for the Advocacy and Representation Course

Participants traveling after 6pm local time on Friday September 20 and/or Sunday September 22, 2024, are entitled to claim dinner for those periods.


Hotels will be provided pursuant to the PSAC National Travel Policy where necessary.


Register Here
Be sure to complete the entire registration form.
Deadline for registration is August 16, 2024 at 2 PM. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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