Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Online courses to help you recognize and prevent harassment and violence


When it comes to harassment and violence, employees, managers, committee members, and employers all have important roles to play. To support each of these groups in federally regulated workplaces, CCOHS has developed three online courses that explain their specific responsibilities and duties.

Keep current with changing legislation

Major amendments to the Canada Labour Code (Part II) relating to work place harassment and violence prevention came into effect January 1, 2021, affecting all federally regulated workplaces.

Easily access federal and provincial legislation and information regarding recent regulatory changes with our Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards subscription service. You’ll have a collection of all the health, safety and environmental legislation you need in one location.

See harassment and violence for what it is

Share this infographic on workplace harassment and violence to highlight worker rights, employer responsibilities, and examples of harassment and violence, including those of a sexual nature. This infographic also provides tips on committing to and creating a workplace that is free of harassment and violence. We also offer posters to promote awareness and prevention.

Know the signs so you can prevent harassment and violence

While the signs of harassment and violence aren’t always as clear as we need them to be, there are steps your workplace can take to ensure that your workers know how to recognize and report incidents if they happen. Listen to the podcast.

Visit our website for additional workplace harassment and violence fact sheets and resources.


Online Applications Open | Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship | Aug 19

CUPE BC is now accepting applications online for the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship.   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 online application form supported by copies of the Senior Secondary Statement Transcript and letter(s) of reference from school principal or counsellor.

Online Application Form: Click here Application Deadline: August 19, 2022 (end of day)

CUPE BC Ticket Giveaway | BC Lions | Jun 25

CUPE BC will be giving away a limited number of tickets for the BC Lions/Toronto Argonauts match this weekend via Please submit expressions of interest byFriday, Jun 24, 3:30pm.

Date & Time: Saturday, Jun 25, 2022 | 7:00pm

Location: BC Place, Vancouver, BC


Asian-Canadian Labour Alliance | What Rights Do I Have? Workshop | Jun 25

In collaboration with SFU’s David Lam Centre and Labour Studies Program, the ACLA  is hosting a workshop for Asian newcomers to Canada and Asian Canadians who are new to working in either unionized or non-unionized workplaces, with speakers including Eric Seto of UFCW 247 and Julie Diesta of the Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers’ and Caregivers’ Rights.

Date & Time: Saturday, Jun 25, 2022 | 10:00am (Pacific)

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

Registration: E-mail or call 778-388-8025

IAMAW | YVR Screeners Solidarity Rally | Jun 28

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 16 is holding a coordinated rally at the Vancouver Airport to protest the undervaluing of screening officers by third-party contractors. Please view the attached letter by Lodge 16 President.

Date & Time: Jun 28, 2022 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Pacific)

Location: YVR (Vancouver Airport) across from International Arrivals

CALM | State of Union Communications Survey | Jul 15

The Canadian Association of Labour Media is collecting data related to union communications, which will be used as a basis for union communication benchmarks. The survey is open until July 15th, 2022.

Burnaby Pride Celebrations | Jul 23

The 5th annual Burnaby’s Pride celebrates the diversity of Burnaby’s local 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all those who support them!

Date & Time: Saturday, Jul 23 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Pacific)
Location: Civic Square, 6100 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby, BC


Solidarity Notes | Weekly Practice at Britannia | Jul 2022

Union choir Solidarity Notes holds practice Sundays 10:30am – 12:00pm at the Britannia Community Centre in Vancouver every week until their August-long break, and new members are welcome. For more information, fill out the contact form on their site.

SFU Labour Studies | African Ancestry Project Report
The attached report showcases data from the African Ancestry Project, a research initiative by SFU Labour Studies and Sociology Assistant Professor Maureen Kihika and Health and Sciences Research Fellow Alice Mũrage, on British Columbians’ diverse identities and experiences.

CCDI Webinar | Workplace Response to Tragic Events | Jul 26

How workplaces can respond to tragic news and events is a free webinar that explores difficult social events and how to address them compassionately as a team or organization. CCIP-certified attendees will receive a continued professional development credit.

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2022 | 1:00pm (Eastern)

Registration: Click here

EVA BC | Public Education Toolkit

Ending Violence Association of BC has a collection of public education resources to assist anti-violence organizations in raising awareness and providing anti-violence training. Materials may be adapted as needed with EVA BC cited as the source.



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

IUOE 115 vs. Rempel Bros. Concrete
Major Issues: Wages, Conditions of Employment, Overtime
Commenced: May 21, 2022

USW 2009 vs. UFCW 1518
(Union Representatives & Administrative Staff)

Major Issues: Concessions, Benefits, Fair Contract
Commenced: April 8, 2022

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


UNITE HERE! Local 40 vs. Hilton Metrotown


Boycott: SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines System) – CLC
Boycott: Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC – UNITEHERE! Local 40/BCFED


BCFED Health & Safety | OH&S Education in the Lower Mainland | Jun-Aug 2022

Current training opportunities in Occupational Health and Safety are available on the BCFED Health & Safety Centre monthly course calendar listings.

Mark’s Work Wearhouse | CUPE Member Discount | Jun 19-22

All CUPE members can take advantage of a 25% discount on all regular-priced merchandise using the attached voucher in person at any Mark’s store across Canada, from Jun 19th to 22nd, 2022.

Megaphone Magazine | Voices of the Street Launch | Jun 22

Megaphone’s 12th annual special literary edition Voices of the Street Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing About Climate Change in 2022 will be launched next week in-person (and livestreamed), with storytelling, refreshments, and a special poetry reading from local poet laureate Fiona Tinwei Lam.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm (Pacific)
Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts/Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver

Fee: $10

Registration: Click here

UALE Summer Institute for Union Women | Jun 23-25

Registration is currently ongoing for this year’s virtual summer course for union women, hosted by the United Association for Labor Education and including leaders and activists from unions, labor studies programs, apprenticeships and worker organizations from across British Columbia, the Western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. The program free is $50 with scholarships available via

Cowichan Folk Guild | 38th Annual Islands Folk Festival | Jul 23

Advance tickets with camping options are available for the one-day Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. Please see attached poster for the list of acts.

Date & Time: Jul 23, 2022 | 11:00am – 11:00pm (Pacific)

Location: Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan, BC
Prices: $95 general admission with $5 discount for members until Jul 21st; half price for youth and free for 12 and under

More information:

Bargaining update for Provincial Collective Agreements: Your CSSBA committee tables monetary priorities


Please click on the link above  to receive an update to the negotiating at the bargaining table for the provincial funded agreements. 

Remember: It’s more important than ever to make sure that our union has your up-to- date contact information including your personal e-mail and phone number. To update your information, please use this form:

Please check with your coworkers to make sure they are also receiving these e-mail updates and share this bulletin with them.

In solidarity,

Your Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) Negotiating Committee


Community social services bargaining resumes

Your bargaining committee has been negotiating your new community social services sectoral collective agreement representing more than 17,000 workers in your sector from ten unions including BCGEU, CUPE, HEU, HSA, LiUNA 1611, CSWU, CLAC, USW 1-417, UFCW and BCNU.  Your committee is negotiating agreements for workers in Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services sub-sectors.  A collective agreement outlines the terms and conditions of your employment including wages, benefits, and working conditions, including your rights as a union member.

Workers in community social services have gone above and beyond during the pandemic – providing quality child care, and support for people with disabilities, new Canadians, youths at risk, Indigenous families, individuals facing family violence and many others.

That’s why we are back at the table and will continue to discuss the priorities that you identified to help address systemic issues in the community social services sector so that you can do your job safely and support your community.

As we continue the bargaining process next week, you can expect to hear from us with key updates and what will come next in the process.


It’s more important than ever to make sure that your union has your up-to-date contact information including your personal email and phone number.

Please check with your coworkers to make sure they are also receiving these email updates and share this bulletin with them.

In solidarity,

Your Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) Negotiating Committee

June 15th @ 6:30 via Zoom Membership Meeting

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 15, 2022 06:30 PM Vancouver

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.June

Local 1936 Annual General Meeting , May 18th @ 6:30 pm

Hi there,

We hope you all can join us for our next membership meeting. We need to have quorum from the membership so we can hold elections and pass motions.

You name will be enter into a draw for prizes if you register ahead of Wednesday, May 18th, 2022.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 18, 2022 06:30 PM Vancouver

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.LOCAL

April 28th Day of Mourning

Local 1936 would like to recognize all those that have been injured, suffer or die while they have been at work. Please take a moment to watch the video (link below) and a minute of silence to reflect on those that have been affected and how you can stay safe while you work.
Every year in Canada, hundreds of workers die or suffer serious injuries and illnesses because of their work. One death is one too many. Each statistic represents a face, a life lived, loved, lost or forever altered. These tragedies have a devastating effect on not only workers, but their families, and communities as well. Each year on April 28th our National Day of Mourning, we lower our flags to half-mast and pause to reflect on, and honour, the memory of those who have died or suffered injury or illness due to a work-related tragedy. We also take this day to renew our commitment to do more to improve workplace health and safety for everyone so we can prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. Please join us in observing a minute of silence. If you’ve been affected by a workplace fatality, support and resources are available from Threads of Life: Video produced by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.