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Uncertain and changing economies have put increasing pressures on both employers and unions. If you’re involved with labour relations, it’s more important than ever to have a solid understanding of the law to work from. Now in its eighth successful year, The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law provides a comprehensive and practical overview of Ontario labour law.

Designed to meet the needs of labour relations and human resource professionals, union representatives, labour relations consultants, in-house counsel or anyone else involved with labour relations issues, this program provides comprehensive tools, accredited CPD hours, and a Certificate from one of the common-law world’s pre-eminent schools.

Over five intensive one-day modules, an expert faculty representing management, union and government perspectives will explore the key concepts of labour law and how they play out in real-world contexts. This is a unique opportunity to get not only a comprehensive overview but also “drill down” into the key issues and challenges that are likely to come across your desk. You’ll also receive materials prepared by the speakers that will provide a valuable ongoing resource. Areas include:

• Labour law foundations – the statutory and regulatory regime
• Sector-specific labour relations (agricultural, Crown employees, hospitals, teachers, colleges, emergency services)
• Union organizing and applications for certification
• Collective bargaining
• Grievance arbitration
• Workplace investigations in a unionized environment
• Restructuring unionized environments
• The law of industrial conflict (including cease and desist applications, injunctions, and back-to-work legislation


Program Directors

  • John D. R. Craig, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Paul Truster at PTruster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

March 9 & 24, April 1  & 21, and May 1, 2020


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$3,995 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $1,997.50 + HST

Government Rate: $3,495 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

• VP’s Directors and Managers of Labour Relations
• VP’s Directors and Managers of Human Resources
• Union Presidents, Officials, Business Agents, Stewards and Committee Members
• In-House Counsel
• Labour Relations Consultants
• Mediators, Arbitrators, Conciliators
• Government representatives involved in labour-related issues
• Lawyers in private practice

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“Great overview of fundamentals, with some in-depth sections as well … very good balance in content of overview of fundamentals and opportunity for more in-depth discussion at points”  

Tim Maguire, Past President, CUPE Local 79, Toronto

“Content was excellent…learned many valuable things”  

Judy Finlayson, Compliance Specialist – BASF Canada Inc.

“Very relevant to my workplace and role at work… the Keynote speaker was extremely knowledgeable… the case law and or experiences from cases that the presenters bring are extremely interesting and valuable”  

AJ Ryland, City of Ottawa (OC Transpo), Program Manager, Employee Operations


Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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