2019 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference

Registration deadline (for both delegates and observers): Friday, June 7th, 2019 4:00 p.m. EST

Conference dates: November 29 - December 1, 2019

Conference location: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Montréal, Québec

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted

  • If you have any questions with respect to the application form or the conference, call (613) 560-5457. Please leave a message and someone will respond to your inquiry within 24 working hours.
  • You may also contact the Programs Section by email at conferences@psac-afpc.com

Please ensure that you answer all the questions on the registration form to avoid any delay in processing your application.

Observer Status

(Please remember that observers are individually responsible for securing all costs associated with their participation)

Personal Information

(provide the address you would like used for correspondence for this conference – should not be an employer email)
(if different from above)

Membership information

Emergency Contact

Voluntary Equity Group and Young Worker Self-Identification

PSAC members who belong to the following groups are invited to self-identify. This information is kept confidential and will be used for the purposes of supporting our equity initiatives and programs. Please check all that apply.

(As defined by, Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, “Employee Self-Identification Form”)

PSAC Equity Contact Lists

(This information is kept confidential.) Please note that this information may be shared with different structures of the union in support of our human rights work only.


Participants will take part in a workshop during the conference.

The primary objective of the workshops is to develop the Union’s agenda, including various strategies in regards to the issues being discussed. Participants will be encouraged to share with the group their particular experiences and knowledge.

Please indicate your order of preference for the different workshops by marking the number of your preference in the box beside the description of the workshop:

1- first choice, 2-second choice, etc.

Please note that

  • Every attempt will be made to respect your preferences.
  • You may be assigned to participate in a bilingual workshop (with simultaneous interpretation).

Workshop 1

Your "Right to Participate" in hazard investigations and how to establish workplace strategies to fix problems (Introductory)

This workshop will deal with the role of a health and safety representative or an employee member on a joint health and safety committee in workplace inspections and investigations. The fundamental “Right to Participate” as well as the “Right to Refuse” dangerous work will be explored using case studies (e.g. asbestos) which emphasize the importance of worker involvement in workplace investigations.  The role of government inspectors, and involvement by outside parties who may have technical expertise, will be discussed.  Participants will also discuss strategies for documenting health and safety concerns, making recommendations, ways to effectively communicate with the employer and share their experiences on workplace investigations and the right to refuse situations.

Workshop 2

Managing Workplace Stress and Overload

As employers pull back resources, they expect workers to do more with less. This workshop will discuss how we can mobilize and try to change a workplace culture that ignores the damaging impact of excessive stress and unreasonable workloads. Participants will discuss the cause and effects of overwork, and strategies to overcome the ever increasing workload that is not just impacting our health at work, but the relationship we have outside of work.

Workshop 3

Strategies for Preventing Workplace Violence  (including Domestic Violence)

This workshop will provide an overview of the expanding concept of workplace violence (physical violence, psychological violence, bullying, harassment and domestic violence).  Strategies to respond to situations involving violence in their workplaces, new recourses, differences and similarities between jurisdictions will be discussed.  Participants will explore what local unions can do to protect members from and assist members affected by all forms of violence.

Focus Groups

Delegates will participate in a focus group that explores timely issues including impairment at work, cannabis, opiates, medical use, medical monitoring. Participants will be able to respond to these issues as they arise in the workplace (e.g. employer policies and practices), as well as, how health and safety protections intersect with human rights and privacy rights.

Accommodation of a Disability

The PSAC strives to ensure that PSAC events are barrier-free for our members with disabilities. Once selected, members may be required to further specify their accommodation needs in order to facilitate their participation at these conferences. A separate form may be sent to selected participants who have identified as members with disabilities requiring accommodation.

(You are not obliged to disclose your diagnosis, only your functional limitations.)
(for a person with a visually related disability)

Hotel Accommodation

The PSAC has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Montréal, Québec. This hotel is unionized and accessible. Please note that the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel is a 100% smoke-free environment.

For Delegate applications only:

You may be required to provide relevant medical documentation that will assist us to respond to your request. This information will not be disclosed except where necessary to respond to your request for accommodation.

Dietary requirements or allergies

Family care

The objective of the PSAC Family Care Policy is to remove one of the barriers which prevents members from participating fully in Union activities and which provides for the reimbursement of family care expenses.

On-site child care is provided only for those who could not otherwise attend, had the service not been available.

We will follow-up for additional information and to confirm service.

Participant profile

To ensure that the conference responds to the needs of our members, we invite you to respond to the following questions:

11. As a delegate to this Conference, could you please tell us how this experience would lead to Union action in your workplace, your Local and in your Component nationally?