Location: The Grand Hotel and Suites 225 Jarvis Street, Toronto

Maximum 20 participants

The Ontario region Basic Steward Training will be held on Thursday October 17 to Saturday October 19, 2019 at the Grand Hotel and Suites in Toronto.

If you have not submitted your application to become a Steward, you must apply on-line at the link below. Once your application has been approved, the Steward Co-ordinator will notify you by email.


By the end of this training you will:

  • Appreciate the role of unions and stewards in the workplace;
  • Identify your role and responsibilities as a steward;
  • Develop basic knowledge of the grievance and discipline processes;
  • Engage with other new stewards, experienced stewards and PIPSC staff;
  • Build confidence in order to advise and support members; and
  • Identify strategies to build the union presence in your workplace.

All course materials will be provided at the session; however, please bring a copy of your collective agreement. If you don’t have one, please contact your Human Resource department.

If your steward application has been approved and you are interested in attending the training, please complete the on-line registration form by September 9, 2019. We will not be able to accept late registrations. Priority will be given first to new stewards and remaining spots will be opened to those requesting a refresher. Once the class is full, names will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are received.

On-line training

Basic training now has two equally important components; an online module and in-house facilitation. You will have 1 month prior to the scheduled Basic Training to complete the online module entitled: IPLM- Introduction to PIPSC Labour Movement. Once your attendance has been approved, an online account will be created for you and subsequently, detailed information about accessing the module will be emailed to you. This module must be completed successfully before attending the training.

In Person Training

Thursday October 17, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - registration

- 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - training

Friday October 18, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - training

- 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Hospitality suite

Saturday October 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - training

Please ensure that you are available to attend all required hours of training before registering. Hospitality is not mandatory.


The Toronto office will book your accommodation at the hotel. Guests are required to present a valid credit card upon check-in at the hotel to process your room reservation. This will cover incidentals and any miscellaneous room charges, which are the responsibility of each guest. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00. While every effort will be made for guests to have access to their rooms when they arrive, this may not be possible and your room may not be available until 4:00 p.m.

Late check-out is provided based on availability through authorization from the Front Desk. PIPSC will not be responsible for additional costs for late check-outs.


In the event of a requirement to cancel, you MUST inform us of your change of plans. If staff cannot be reached in a timely manner at least 24 hours before the event, YOU will be responsible for the cancellation, and if you have not done so, you may be billed for the hotel costs directly.

Should you have to cancel your attendance on Thursday October 17, please call the hotel directly to cancel your room and leave a message for me at the front desk. Do not leave a message at the regional office on the training dates, as it is unlikely that we will be able to check messages. Failure to do so may result in you being charged directly for your accommodation and related meal costs.


October 17 – lunch and dinner are per diem.

October 18 – Hot/cold breakfast buffet is provided by the hotel for members and their guest(s), lunch is provided by PIPSC and dinner is per diem.

October 19 - Hot/cold breakfast buffet is provided by the hotel for members and their guest(s), lunch is provided by PIPSC and dinner is per diem.

Please do not remove food from the event area at lunches or breaks. This food is provided for attendees and presenters only.

Any food allergies or special dietary requests must be noted on your registration form so we can inform the hotel.


Self parking will be billed to PIPSC for 1 vehicle in the above ground or underground parking. Valet parking is not covered by PIPSC as per the Travel policy.


Institute policy allows for compensating participants who use vacation leave, compensatory leave or union leave without pay for attendance at Steward training. The participant must complete an Institute Compensatory Salary Claim form and attach a copy of a completed employer's leave form which indicates that the leave has been approved.

Salary compensation will be limited to the required hours on Thursday and Friday, plus reasonable travel time.

Reasonable travel time is defined as the amount of time that it takes to get from your home or office to the meeting location by the most direct route with no stops, with the intent on arrival at the training for 1:00 p.m.

The PIPSC Travel Policy can be located here.

Once your attendance is confirmed, you will receive a letter via email outlining your hotel reservation (if applicable), and other important details pertaining to the event.

If you have any further questions, please contact me by e-mail at hkohli@pipsc.ca or at (416) 487-1114 or 1-800-668-3943, ext. 7727.


Heather Kohli

Office Administrator

PIPSC Toronto Region Office