Atlantic Regional Council - Terms of Reference


The Atlantic Regional Council was created in 2018 to better serve CAPE’s 4 locals in the Atlantic region. The objective of the Council is to provide regional support that fits our Atlantic members’ needs.  These meetings will be held twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Location will be based on cost and availability of venues and to vary between all 4 regions. 


The Council will be comprised of CAPE’s President, CAPE’s assigned labour relations Officers and up to 5 members per local including the local executive members. Upon prior approval, invited guests may attend. This may be altered by mutual agreement. Secretariat support will be provided through the national office. Bilingual minutes will be made available by CAPE upon request as chosen by the council members.  The national office is responsible for all logistics related to these meetings. All communications in relations with these meetings must be sent through the national office.

Governance structure

CAPE’s Harassment Policy will be read at the beginning of each meeting. CAPE’s president assumes responsibility as chair of the Council. These meetings will also be comprised of a co-chair. The tenure of the regional co-chair is tied to the President’s term length.  Attendees will endeavour to reach decisions by consensus. Each local section can have individual decisions and strategies apply to them under the approval of CAPE’s President.  Quorum is obtained when at least 1 member from each province is present.  When a tie is achieved while voting, the National President shall be the tiebreaker.


The attendees are to discuss the following subject areas including but not limited to:

  • Conduct regular worksite visits to discuss members’ concerns
  • Actively seek out training opportunities 
  • Hold small group meetings with members in specific classifications to discuss issues they care about
  • Make meetings accessible by holding general membership meetings at the workplace or close to the workplace to make attending more convenient
  • Rotate meetings throughout the day to accommodate members and give them more opportunities to attend
  • Provide members with the meeting minutes via email through the national office
  • Increase CAPE’s visibility with the distribution of promotional items
  • The Council can provide input into lobbying and advocacy in Atlantic Canada