Area Councils are cross-Component organizations recognized in the PSAC Constitution and are primarily responsible for political action. Within the National Capital Region, the Ottawa Area Council (OAC) works on the Ontario side, while the Conseil régional de l’action politique works on the Québec side.
Chair: David Lanthier OAC-CRO@psac-afpc.com
Secretary/Treasurer: Chantal Fortin
Directors: Gerard Kirkham, Michèle Milotte, Bob Webster
Alternate Directors: 1 – François Paradis, 2- Larisa Geds 3- Amber Miller
Since the formation of the National Capital Region Council (NCRC), the Ottawa Area Council has been merged with the former NCR Political Action Committee, to become the committee responsible for political activities of the NCRC. The new By-Laws of OAC allow for locals and Components to send delegates to meetings.
Affiliated Locals used to pay a small per capita dues to OAC, but affiliation is now free, as funding for political action is now provided directly to the regions. The Ottawa-Gatineau Area Council (OGAC) has been in existence since the early 1970s. It was renamed the Ottawa Area Council (OAC) and the Conseil régional d’action politique de l’Outaouais on February 23, 2005.
According to the PSAC Constitution, Locals may send two delegates for the first 500 members, and 1 additional delegate for each additional 500 members or part thereof. Components are each entitled to one delegate, as they were in the former Political Action Committee.
The Ottawa Area Council takes the lead in organizing Labour Day and May Day events, political lobbying and campaigning, and on issues of the day (pay equity, the International Women’s March, pensions). Speakers and attendees at OAC meetings address and plan for upcoming events and report on those that have taken place. Our meetings are an opportunity for the Locals, in particular, to get plugged into regional union activities.
As a committee of the National Capital Region Council, OAC is represented at NCRC meetings, which take place in January, May and September. The OAC chair or designate is now also represented on the NCR Council Executive. Besides reporting on present and future activities, and recruiting assistants for activities in our Region, the OAC may be delegated new projects or activities falling within the political action mandate.
Membership strength is increased by networking. The Ottawa Area Council is one of several helpful links in our regional network of PSAC activists. For those interested in regional political and social activism, get involved! Locals, Components, members can share in the activities of the Ottawa Area Council and make your Union stronger.