Paid Education Leave

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

Check out the Union’s Fall 2021 Schedule, download the application form, and send it to your local union for approval and processing.  

View Scheduled PEL Courses

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. 


Fall 2021 PEL Schedule
PEL Student Application Form
PEL Courses and Course Codes

Local Unions: 
Please submit ‘PEL Student Application Form’ via email to @email.  


Email: @email
Address: 115 Shipley Ave, Port Elgin ON N0H 2C5
Telephone: 1-800-265-3735 

Vaccination Policy

All members must be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person courses. 
All events, courses, meetings and other activities organized by Unifor National and Unifor Regional Councils will require participants to provide proof of full vaccination prior to arriving on site. This applies to Canada and Regional Councils, area courses and Paid Education Leave courses delivered in Port Elgin, presence in national and regional Unifor offices, bargaining meetings, solidarity actions and any other events organized by Unifor.
Please see the statement from Unifor’s National Executive Board for further information.