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CUPE National Convention

October 15 to 19, 2007, Toronto, Ontario.

Registration fee for each delegate, alternate, or observer - $175

Resolutions and proposed constitutional amendments

Resolutions and proposed Constitutional Amendments must be sent BEFORE JULY 17TH, 2007. All chartered organizations will be sent a copy of the Convention resolutions book 30 days prior to the Convention. PLEASE REFER TO THE FULL PDF ADVANCE NOTICE FOR RESOLUTION FORMATS AND RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES.

Advance notice

The Official Call for the 23rd regular CUPE National Convention (along with credential forms) will be mailed to you by JULY 17TH. This Advance Notice of the Convention is being sent simply to allow your organization to plan accordingly.

Time and place

The Convention will be held OCTOBER 15TH TO 19TH (Monday to Friday) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

Registration will begin Sunday afternoon, October 14th.

A full five days and more!

Each chartered organization is urged to ensure that enough leave of absence is requested for each delegate so that they will be able to complete the business of the National Convention on the final day without having to leave early.

The Convention will take place over five full days. Also, as in previous years, several national sectoral meetings of delegates will take place on Sunday, October 14th, the day prior to the start of Convention. These meetings will involve the following sectors: municipalities, school boards, health care, child care, post-secondary education, libraries, electrical utilities, water and wastewater, paramedics/ emergency, and social services. Participation in these meetings is optional and an additional $35 registration fee is required to attend.

Plan ahead

Since the Official Call cannot be sent out prior to July, we would urge your organization to elect delegates as soon as possible. Because credentials must reach the National Office by AUGUST 31ST, 2007 and since most chartered organizations do not meet during the summer months, it is advisable to hold elections now and send credentials to the National Office as soon as you receive them.

In order to assist your organization with advance planning, information on travel and accommodations is enclosed.

Please bear in mind, however, that registration for the National Convention will not open until AFTER the Official Call and credential forms are distributed in July.


Article 6.5 of the CUPE Constitution provides that local union representation at the National Convention shall be based on the paid-up membership (including Rand Formula payees) on the average number of members for the twelve-month period July 2006 to June 2007.

Child care

On-site child care facilities will be available during convention week. Details will be provided with the Official Call.

Persons with a disability

In accordance with CUPE policy, arrangements will be made to provide services to persons with a disability to allow them to participate fully in the Convention. In order that we may accommodate the special needs of a person with a disability, please complete the form which will be enclosed with the Official Call.

Election candidates

CUPE’s policy adopted at the 2003 National Convention restricts campaign material for candidates standing for election to one pre-convention leaflet and one convention leaflet, poster and button.

Delegates standing for election may obtain CUPE’s policy by presenting themselves at CUPE’s on-site Convention Office.

Convention assistance fund

A convention assistance fund was established by the 1991 Convention to assist less affluent local unions to participate in national conventions. Guidelines and an application form are enclosed. Locals wishing to apply for possible assistance must fulfill all of the eligibility requirements and submit their application to be received by the National Office no later than June 10th.

Delegate allotment

Representation at this National Convention shall be in accordance with Article 6.4 of the CUPE Constitution:

for each additional 500 members or portion thereof for each additional 500 members or portion thereof

Local Unions
Up to 100 members 1 delegate
101 to 200 members 2 delegates
201 to 500 members 3 delegates
501 to 1000 members 4 delegates
1001 to 1500 members 5 delegates
1501 to 2000 members 6 delegates
2001 to 2500 members 7 delegates
2501 to 3000 members 8 delegates
each additional 500 members or portion thereof 1 additional delegate
Provincial Divisions 1 delegate
District Councils 1 delegate
Service Divisions 1 delegate
Provincial Councils of Unions 1 delegate
Councils of Unions 1 delegate
Each chartered organization entitled to representation at Convention shall also be entitled to one alternate delegate.