Paid Education Leave

The Paid Education Leave (PEL) Program is now open and running, though at a reduced capacity.

Check out the Union’s Winter/Spring 2022 Schedule, download the application form, and send it to the local Union office for approval and processing.  Please contact your workplace committee to see if you have access to the Paid Education Leave program through your Collective Agreement.

PEL Winter/Spring 2022 Schedule (

The Union’s PEL program is held at the Unifor Family Education Center (FEC) located on the shores of Lake Huron, in Port Elgin, Ontario. It is a beautiful place where members working in every sector of the economy come together to learn, build relationships, strengthen our union, and emerge as leaders. 

The Paid Education Leave program is a fund negotiated by the Union in collective bargaining with employers, where each local or unit must negotiate it individually. A lump sum or cents-per-hour is bargained. This fund supports the development and delivery of training, the Discussion Leaders (instructor), the participation of the members, travel, room and board and all course materials.

The PEL program offers a year-round schedule (with the exception of January & July). 

Most courses are 40 hours in length and run Sunday to Friday in Port Elgin.

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