Who can attend?
All members in good standing can apply to attend a union course. For advanced courses, you must obtain a recommendation from your Local or your Component or from a PSAC-NCR Regional Council Executive member.
What can I expect from a PSAC course?
We use teaching methods that are participatory, transformative, which promote inclusion, encourage reflection and dialogue, and include a mix of techniques to respond to various learning styles. Our courses are participant centered.
When are courses offered?
Most of our core courses are offered on Friday and Saturday. We also offer evening seminars and occasionally offer courses during weekdays.
Do I have to pay to attend?
No. In fact, we reimburse your expenses. Here is what we pay:
Loss of salary or annual/vacation leave you have incurred in order to attend the course (schedule needed if different than 37.5 hrs). We encourage you to use your Collective Agreement provisions for Union Leave without Pay.
A $50 allowance is provided to members who attend a course on Saturday or Sunday and who reside less than 40 km from the course location. Members who reside more than 40 km from the course will be reimbursed parking, the lunch per diem and travel expenses.
For courses presented on a week day, we pay: a lunch per diem (or provide lunch), parking expenses and for some, travel costs.
Members who have to pay for additional family care costs in order to be able to attend our education activities are reimbursed these additional expenses in accordance with the PSAC Family Care Policy.
Where are the courses held?
They often take place at our PSAC Regional Offices. The confirmation letter provides course location details.
French courses are usually offered at our Gatineau Regional Office:
Place du Centre, 200 Promenade du Portage, Suite 310 Gatineau
Tel: (819) 777-4647 / Fax: (819) 777-9407 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
English courses are usually offered at our Ottawa Regional Office:
11 Holland Avenue, Main Floor, Pat McGrath Boardroom, Ottawa
Tel: (613) 560-2560 / Fax: (613) 234-6209 / Email: email@example.com