Family Education Summer Program


For over 40 years, the CAW has offered a Family Education Program for members and their families.  In recognition of changing times and demands on families, we now have a one-week offering of this amazing program.  If selected by the local/national union to attend, the member agrees to give up his/her vacation time and the national union covers costs for meals and accommodations, and where required, air travel.

The program takes place in the summer at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. A call letter is sent to all CAW locals in early December of the previous year, with a registration deadline in March the year in which the program takes place. Selection is complete by early May.

Pre-teens participate in recreational programs run by fully-trained child care workers and counselors.

Teenagers participate in a specially-designed program which recognizes their unique interests but also incorporates the issues of social unionism in their curriculum.

Adults, both members and their spouse/partner, combine learning and recreational activities and come away from the program with a better understanding of how to integrate trade unionism and social activism in the life of the family and community. Through small group discussions, case studies, video presentations, guest speakers, role plays, art, music and other activities, participants draw from their own experiences and learn from each other about environmental, workplace, political, human rights, and social issues affecting all of us, our families, and working people around the world.

Every CAW member, and all immediate family members, including dependent children up to 18 years of age, are eligible to attend the Family Education Program.

For more information about applying to attend the Family Education Summer Program, contact your Local Union Executive or Education Committee.

To hear first hand from members that have attended the program, click HERE to watch the Family Education video.

Click here for more information and an application form for the summer program.

Click here to view the new ad for the Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.