Unifor national and Local 27 Bursaries

2022 Scholarship Application period is OPEN!


Unifor Scholarships

Unifor recognizes that the cost associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working families.  To assist in making education more accessible, we have established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each. Five of these scholarships are administered by the Quebec Council with a separate application form (see www.uniforquebec.org).  Residents of Quebec must apply using that application process.

The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing.  Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.  One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority.  These are entrance scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study. A more detailed description of eligibility criteria and the application process can be downloaded below.

A selection committee composed of Unifor National Staff and Local Union Discussion Leaders evaluates scholarship applications. The selection committee reviews hundreds of applications annually and considers many factors when evaluating applications including academic achievement, responses to essay questions, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice through extracurricular activities and volunteerism. In addition, the selection committee ensures that scholarship awards are distributed to best reflect the regional, sectoral, and membership diversity of Unifor.

2022 Scholarship Application Important Dates

March 24: Online scholarship application period opens

June 10: Application period closes

July 18: Scholarship recipients announced

To apply follow link below:


Up to (3) Memorial Bursaries in the amount of $1,000.00 which will be awarded to a child of a Unifor local 27 member entering the first year of a full time course of study, leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized Canadian College or University.

 The Bursaries are being offered by Unifor Local 27 in the memory of Jim Ashton, past President of our local, President of the London District Labour Council and a CAW National Executive Board Member.

 Applicants for the Bursaries are required to write a 1,000-word essay answering the following question;

 In what specific way do you think Unifor has had a positive impact on workers and their communities and how relevant (or not) are Unions in your life?






To: Unifor Local Union Presidents, Recording Secretaries, all staff

In August 2021, the National Executive Board adopted a statement saying that all events, courses, meetings and other activities organized by Unifor National and Unifor Regional Councils would require participants to provide proof of full vaccination prior to arriving on site. 

As a result of this statement, Unifor developed a Comprehensive COVID-19 policy applicable at all Unifor offices, as well as at all meetings and events organized by Unifor National. The National Executive Board recently reviewed this policy in light of the evolving situation, including the increasing amount of COVID-19 cases as a result of a sixth wave in Canada.

Many provincial governments have begun to lift restrictions that have been in place during the Omicron wave, and prior. However, the effects of the pandemic are still being felt in communities across the country, and there still remains a certain level of uncertainty for the coming months. Communities who have so far been facing a disproportionate risk of COVID-19 transmission are facing great challenges today, and it’s our collective responsibility to continue to maintain health and safety protocols in solidarity with workers on the frontlines.

The National Executive Board has decided to keep Unifor’s COVID-19 policy in place for Unifor offices, meetings and events taking place until June 6, 2022. In the case of Regional Councils and regionally-held events, the policy may be adapted to regional public health guidelines where public health authorities overwhelmingly agree. A higher safety threshold will be maintained for events where members will be traveling from multiple regions in the country to gather.

The National Executive Board will revisit this decision in June 2022, ahead of Unifor’s Constitutional Convention and other events taking place over the summer. The Union remains committed to making any amendments to its policies and procedures using the best public health guidance available as we seek to balance our collective needs and obligations.

You can read the full statement from the National Executive Board, as well as the Comprehensive COVID-19 policy for Unifor events.

Please know that our union will continue to encourage full compliance with health and safety protocols for our events. We ask that all local unions do their part to keep everyone safe, and to act in solidarity and respect, when participating in our events.

In solidarity,

Lana Payne, National Secretary-Treasurer
Renaud Gagné, Quebec Director

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Child care deal marks a generational turning point for Canadian families

March 28, 2022

The Ontario government’s announcement that it has finally joined every other province and territory across Canada in signing the federal child care plan marks a long-overdue turning point for Canadian families.

“Every parent across Canada having access to affordable, accessible, quality child care will be the result of decades of advocacy, of sacrifice, of struggle,” said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. “This child care plan will be a turning point for Canadian families and serve to strengthen our communities, nurture our children, and transform the lives of child care workers.”

Unifor is an active champion for access to affordable child care and has worked in coalition with advocacy groups to advocate for families and child care workers. Unifor works to improve communities and workplaces through other equity-building policies and programs

“Providing access to child care is providing access to employment, to independence, to security, to self-fulfillment, and to equity in our workplaces and everywhere decisions are made,” said Tracey Ramsey, Unifor Women’s Department Director. “We will be watching closely to ensure the agreement serves the needs of Ontario families and workers, and not just the needs of the Ford government.”

Savings for Ontario parents are to start as of April 1, 2022, whereas provinces that signed earlier, like Nova Scotia, are making the rebate to parents retroactive to January 1, 2022. 

“Ontario families should not have had to wait for today’s photo op with the Premier, and will actually pay for this delay by not seeing discounted fees until April – but now it’s time to get to work to provide them the same access to child care as every other family across Canada,” said Ramsey. “This victory belongs to all the parents, grandparents, caregivers, Early Childhood Educators who all provide care that for too long has been undervalued, under-appreciated and under-paid.” 

Parent fees for child care in Ontario are some of the highest in the country and, until today, Ontario had been the only jurisdiction in Canada not to sign the federal child care program that will deliver $10-a-day child care by 2026. 


International Women’s Day 2022 is an opportunity for working-class women to celebrate and reflect on our accomplishments as well as gather strength for the fights that lay ahead.

For more than 100 years, women in the labour movement across the globe have marked March 8 by celebrating collective achievements and recommitting to the fight for gender equality.

Although 2022 finds us still solidly in the pandemic, it also marks a year that brings many wins for women in our union to celebrate. Gains like pay equity and child care – that women have been fighting to achieve for decades – have passed into federal legislation and are now within reach for a new generation. These wins cannot be understated and can inspire us all to aim even higher.

A better world is possible!

In every workplace and community across Canada, there remains important work to be done to end racism and violence against women and girls. It will require a determined focus to bring these significant gains to the lives of working-class women.

As the pandemic continues, so does the inequity that has disproportionately impacted women. Women of colour, Indigenous women, queer and trans women, and women living with disabilities have been affected in ways that further deepened the gaps they experience every day. Building back better must be achieved through this lens of inclusion.

Our work together continues to advance equity in all of our workplaces and communities, despite the real pressures women are facing at home and at work.

We continue to prove in the most challenging times that Sisters in Unifor are indeed unstoppable.

This last year has shown Unifor:

In 2022, women need real progress toward gender justice and that means celebrating our historical wins while continuing to fight together toward equality. This year we recognize the work of so many women in our union and our collective determination to deliver significant improvements to our everyday lives.

Together, we are unstoppable.

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Unifor Local 27 Partners with oneida Nation of the thames for imagine build

On October 22, 2021 Unifor Local 27’s Brian Chapman and Jim Wilkes joined Chief Adrian Chrisjohn at a press conference to announce the Imagine Build. Local 27 is working in collaboration with Oneida Nation of the Thames on an affordable and accessible housing project.

The Imagine Build is everything reconciliation is meant to represent.  An acknowledgement of the past with a solid solution to make life better for the Indigenous Communities

Working together with Chief Adrian Chrisjohn, the Band Council and a number of committed community activist’s we are building bridges between our communities working together to build four accessible homes by this summer.

At the news conference, President of Unifor Local 27 Brian Chapman pledged $10,000.00 to the Imagine Build and also pledged that we would help anyway we could, whether through help finding additional funding or by supplying volunteers who can help with the build.

Donations  www.imaginebuild.ca

To view pictures from the press conference, follow the link   https://review.bellmedia.ca/view/1245543190

Confirmed partnerships and funding so far:

  • Elected Chief, Adrian Chrisjohn and Band Council working side by side with the Imagine Build Committee.
  • Pillar Non-Profit- will provide administrative support to assist with issuing tax receipts.
  • Bell Media- promotional and editorial support of the Imagine Build.
  • $100,000 confirmed from a private donor.
  • Imagine Art Auction- a fundraiser planned featuring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists.
  • Justin Bardawill, building contractor
  • Unifor Local 27 $10,000.00 donation
  • We invite any organization or individual that would like to be a part of the Imagine Build to contact us at Local 27





Ontario regional council & unifor Locals support imagine build

In a moving cheque presentation, Ontario Regional Council donated $150,000 towards The Imagine Build, an initiative – partnering with the Oneida Nation of the Thames Band Council – to build four accessible and affordable houses for families along the eastern shore of the Thames River south of London, Ont.

Mandi Fields of the Imagine Build said she became friends with an Indigenous man named Ray John Jr., who faced leg amputation surgery and during his recovery, she learned he was living with his wife and two sons in a 500-square-foot home, heated by a stove. They had been on an Oneida housing wait list for 20 years with 47 other families.

“This is the day I saw everything and now, I can no longer unsee,” she told the council.

Unifor locals then contributed more donations during ORC, with the amount totalling more than $200,000. The union’s skilled trades offered support for the building projects.

“Our members understand that reconciliation has to be more than just putting on an orange shirt,” said Unifor Local 27 Secretary-Treasurer Jim Wilkes. “We have to do more and sometimes, we have to donate our time and money to really make the change to establish relationships, build bridges and change lives.”

Fields, choked up after hearing about the donations tally and said, “We all know what having a home means I’ve never experienced something good like this for so long. This is not about throwing up houses and walking away – this is about reconciliation.”

Lana Payne said Unifor National will also contribute $50,000 towards the Imagine Build initiative, which ORC and other Unifor locals raised over $200,000 at a cheque presentation on March 9, 2022.

Notice for all Unifor Local 27 RPNs


It’s my pleasure to let you know that the Executive Board of Local 27 has approved a plan to reimburse Local 27 RPNs 10% off their membership into WeRPN (formerly RPNAO, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario). This new initiative will begin with the new membership year for WeRPN that starts in July 2020.

We think this is an important initiative and encourage all RPNs to visit the WeRPN website at www.werpn.com to look at what the membership has to offer nurses. This protection is available if you are involved with disputes or claims with CNO and require advise and representation which your employer or union may not be able to provide directly. One of the most important components of the Membership includes the professional liability protection insurance, with a $1,000,000 limit for each loss per nurse and $3,000,000 limit for all losses per year per nurse. It provides protection against malpractice claims arising from real or alleged errors or omissions, including negligence. As a member you are covered for the following: subpoenaed to appear before a legally constituted tribunal in Ontario; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in matters arising out of the Regulated Health Professional Act (1991) and any amending or superseding legislation; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in an incident relating to his/her profession of nursing; received a letter of complaint from the College of Nurses of Ontario as a result of a complaint, laid under Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) and any amending or superseding Legislation.

Please email Jim Wilkes (email address below) to apply for your WeRPN 10% before tax rebate. Be sure to include your name, mailing address , employer , local Union # ,CNO# and a copy of your  membership receipt / transaction details.  Your rebate will be sent to you by mail, so please allow some time for processing – Your patience is much appreciated. Please note, this offer is only available to Unifor Local 27 RPNs.

In Solidarity,

Brian Chapman

President Local 27

 please send all required info & file to the following email address –  jim.wilkes@local27.ca

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Due to the outbreak of COVID-19

As per the directive from our National Union, the Local 27 offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

If you require assistance please contact us by phone or email as listed below.

Brian Chapman, President:

                E: brian.chapman@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 222

                Cell: 519-319-3657

Jim Wilkes, Financial Secretary:

                E: jim.wilkes@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223

                Cell: 519-868-4066

Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:

                E: jim.kennedy@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229

                Cell: 519-697-0360


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