Terms of Reference - Education Committee


The Education Committee of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), herein referred to as the “Committee,” was established on February 25, 2015 by a motion passed at the National Executive Committee (NEC). A call out for volunteers was subsequently disseminated.   

The Committee was established with the goal of building the capacity and knowledge-base of members to resist government attacks against the rights and benefits of CAPE members and to champion policies that benefit all Canadians. The Committee seeks to empower CAPE members to defend their collective rights, strengthen the federal public sector labour movement, and support social-justice issues in Canada, including those resisting austerity measures. 


The mandate of the Committee shall be:

  1. To organize events, activities and educational initiatives that shed light on issues of immediate concern to CAPE members, such as performance reviews, layoffs, harassment, and increased workloads;
  2. To develop the capacity of CAPE members to serve as effective trade unionists in the public sector labour movement;
  3. To raise awareness about struggles being undertaken by other sectors of society against government cuts and austerity. The Education Committee seeks to connect trends in the public sector to broader social, economic and political developments in Canada;
  4. To increase the ability of CAPE members to develop and recommend progressive, universal public policy in the interest of all Canadians. 

The Education Committee works in close cooperation with both the Mobilization and Job Action Committee and the Communications Committee. It holds educational events in the lead up to mobilization with the aim of encouraging active participation on the part of CAPE members. The Education Committee also works with the Communications Committee to increase the awareness, knowledge and understanding of CAPE members on issues of concern.  As much as possible, the Education Committee coordinates efforts with other public sector unions. 


To carry out its mandate, the Committee aims to:

  1. Work with other unions and anti-austerity groups to organize educational activities, events and initiatives. These activities complement stewards’ training and other forms of mobilization training that fall under the purview of the Mobilization and Job Action Committee.    
  2. Support local mobilization by co-organizing and co-sponsoring events with locals and providing resources and support to those locals that are interested in organizing their own events. The committee also encourages and responds to local suggestions and initiative for educational activities.
  3. Connect the concerns of members with the concerns of the community and build solidarity across the NCR between groups and unions in Gatineau and Quebec, as well as across other regions where CAPE members are active.  International solidarity efforts should also be supported. 


  1. Is approved by the NEC.
  2. Is open to all volunteers of CAPE who are in good standing.
  3. To include, if possible, regional representation and, if possible, a member from each of the CAPE’s bargaining units.


  1. The Committee will meet on a quarterly basis, or as needed, with one meeting to be scheduled near a Local Leadership Meeting or the Association’s Annual General Meeting.
  2. Meetings shall be at the call of the Chair.
  3. Minutes will be recorded by the Secretary of the Committee.
  4. The quorum shall be a simple majority to conduct business.


The Chair may, upon request, report on its activities at NEC meetings.


The Committee will have one Chair.