National Women’s Conference

"Women moving forward, moving up together”


  • Educate and develop participants’ knowledge of the priority issues.
  • Empower participants to effect change.
  • Mobilize participants to promote women’s equality and safety.
  • Provide a safe environment to understand women’s struggles.
  • Develop participants’ capacity to effectively lobby for law reform on PSAC’s priorities.
  • Build women’s activism in the union and foster their engagement.
  • Encourage participants to work with allies and strengthen our partnerships.


  1. Child care: making it a reality
    Child care is the ramp to women’s equality. PSAC sisters were instrumental in making child care an election issue. Now we have to ensure that the federal government and the provincial and territorial governments make this a reality. This workshop will provide hands-on tools and training for effective lobbying and help participants develop convincing arguments. Together, we can transform our vision for child care into a reality for all families, in all communities across the country.
  2. Can work be safe when home isn’t?
    This workshop will look at the groundbreaking survey that was done for the Canadian Labour Congress on the ramifications of domestic violence in the workplace. We will discuss how domestic violence impacts PSAC members, and what the union can do to better support our sisters. We will examine model language that can be bargained and innovative law reform initiatives that we can advocate with our provincial and federal governments.
  3. Promoting women’s leadership
    Women make the union strong! Are you looking to make a difference for women in the union? This course offers union women an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills, find their voice and ignite the spark to take on further challenges. Participants will build their knowledge in a variety of current and emerging labour issues, and explore ways of building their skills to become a candidate or support diverse, progressive women running for various levels of leadership.
  4. The economic empowerment of women at work
    In March 2017, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will be discussing this theme, focusing on women and work for the very first time. This workshop will explore the different issues that impact women at work, in all our diversity. Participants will learn about international human rights that protect them as workers, and they will be invited to contribute their ideas to what the PSAC’s agenda should be on these issues.

September 16, 2016 4:00 p.m. EST


Friday, September 30, 2016, 4:00 p.m. EST

March 24 to 28, 2017

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario


Please contact us at 613-560-5457 or by email at