Please click through the links below to information from the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton (SACHA) on how local union affiliates can participate in their Take Back the Night event on September 15th at City Hall.

If you would like information about tabling at the event, please read all of the details HERE.

If you would like information about how to make a donation to SACHA to help them continue their work in our city, please click HERE.

HDLC Summer Student Job 2022

HDLC is hiring this summer!

The Hamilton and District Labour Council has secured funding for one summer position from the Canada Summer Jobs Grant. The job posting is pasted below. You can share this link for people who might be interested.


Applicants MUST meet the following requirements:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
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Labour Day 2022

Labour Day 2022 Information Page


This Labour Day we will, once again, return to our traditional practice of having the parade followed by a picnic and gathering back at Bayfront Park. Consider this post as the best place to come back to further updates about everything happening that day.

NOTE: The HDLC receives partial funding for the Labour Day Parade and Picnic through The City Enrichment Fund. The fund comprises 6 Program Areas (Agriculture, Arts, Communities, Culture & Heritage, Community Services, Environment, Sports & Active Lifestyles) with funding streams and categories.

More information on each step will be filled in below, but the basic itinerary will be as follows on September 5th (any of this is subject to change depending on restrictions from Hamilton Public Health):

9:00-10:30 a.m. Assemble according to the DRAFT Parade Line Up (linked below).
10:30-11:30 a.m. Parade on the route (outlined below)
11:30-2:30 p.m. Picnic gathering at the park.

UPDATE: August 3rd

We will NOT be doing reserved spots in the park this year!

There is plenty of room around Bayfront Park for any local that wants its own space. When you show up on Labour Day morning, there will be plenty of room to stake a claim around the park for your group. If, however, you wish to show up early SUNDAY afternoon to set up, we will have afternoon and overnight security until people are at the site on Labour Day morning. A group from the Labour Council is usually there around 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday setting up.

Setting up a BBQ for your Local

Here are the links to the information regarding food serving at special events in Hamilton. Please note that any organization that serves food, even if provided at no charge, is considered a vendor and must comply with the requirements set out by Public Health for participation at special events.

The first link is to the city’s requirements for vendors. As the organizer of the event, the Labour Council is required to provide this information to you:

The second link is to the application form. Again, as organizer of the event, the Labour Council is required to collect this form from participants/vendors and submit them all at one time to public health. The completed form should be emailed to [email protected] by August 17, 2022. Do not submit it directly to the city.

The city charges a fee of $41.80 (including HST) for each approved vendor. The Labour Council will invoice each vendor following the event.


UPDATE: July 21st

FOOD: We will be pre-selling combo tickets for a hotdog OR hamburger and a drink for $5. Vegan options will be available. To pre-order tickets, contact Gillian Surette-Robinson at [email protected] or Tom Atterton at [email protected]. A wireless credit card terminal will be available at the park for those who wish to settle up by credit care that day. Others can bring cheques or submit them at a later date.

ALCOHOL: We cannot pre-sell beer tickets, but you will be able to buy them that day. All alcohol must stay in the pre-designated/fenced area or the park.

FAMILY ACTIVITES: There will be children's activities back in the park. We are waiting to firm up the details of what the list might entail.

COMMUNITY GROUPS: We have, many times in the past, invited community groups and coalition partners to march at the back of the parade. While we are still offering that option, we are trying to encourage many of our community partners to table back at the park so they can interact with our union locals as they return. 


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Vote Early and Volunteer

If you live in the Hamilton area, you can vote, in advance, at these riding-based, returning offices ANY DAY leading up to the provincial election and avoid the lines on E-Day (just click the appropriate link for each riding):

Hamilton East/Stoney Creek

Hamilton Centre

Hamilton West/Ancaster/Dundas

Hamilton Mountain


Free yourself up to volunteer on Election Day!

Day of Mourning 2022

We are going to have a hybrid version of our Day of Mourning ceremony this year. City Hall is still not available to host an event the scale of our traditional Day of Mourning ceremony. As such, we are again working with Cable 14 to produce a broadcast which will be shown several times on April 28th and during the week after.

On April 28th, the Day of Mourning, the broadcast will be shown at 11 a.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.. You can watch the broadcast on your television, if you have cable, on channel 14. If you do not have cable, you can watch the broadcast live at these times at THIS LINK.

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Order HDLC Labour Activist Awards Tickets Now! NEW DATE JUNE 28th!


Order tickets now for our Labour Activist Awards on JUNE 28th!

Contact Gillian at [email protected]

HDLC Labour Activist Awards 2022

Ticket information for this event will be posted SOON!

All of the information below can be downloaded as a PDF HERE.

The aims of the Hamilton and District Labour Council, as stated in its constitution, include:

  • Advancing the economic and social welfare of workers
  • Extending mutual assistance and collective bargaining
  • Promoting the cause of peace and freedom in the world 
  • Protecting and strengthening democracy and human rights within the labour movement and within the political life of our city, province and country.

The Labour Council wants to recognize members of our movement and its allies who demonstrate a high level commitment to our aims through their activities in unions, the labour movement, and the community.

We want to recognize people who, regardless of an elected or appointed position, have had a meaningful positive impact on our community. 

Awards are presented in the following categories: Lifetime, Sister, Friend, Political/Community Activist, Young Workers, WHSC Health and Safety.

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HDLC-UWHH Period Promise 2022

hosted by Hamilton & District Labour Council 
Drop off DateMarch 30th       Location: 51 Adair Ave. South 
To make other arrangements, contact Gillian at [email protected] 


  • Almost one quarter of Canadian women say they have struggled to afford menstrual products for themselves or their children. 
  • Almost 60% of community organizations say they are asked for free menstrual products and more than 80% of community agencies do not have a budget to buy them. 
  • When people don’t have access to menstrual products, they miss school, work and other opportunities to contribute to their community. 
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HDLC Scholarship 2022

Hamilton and District Labour Council Scholarship 2022

The intention of the creation of these scholarships is to support the families of unionized members who spend many years saving funds necessary so that they or their children can have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education. Annually, HDLC will offer 2 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to students from union families within the HDLC affiliates.

Download a PDF of all the information on this page HERE.

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