Dear members,


We hope January is treating you well so far, and wish you all a healthy, happy and fulfilling 2021.  Please read on to learn more about upcoming events, learning resources, and community engagement opportunities in the coming weeks.


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CUPE BC 2021 Virtual Convention | May 19-21 **Save the Date**

Please save the date for CUPE BC’s 57th Annual Convention, which will be held virtually (online) over three days from May 19 – May 21st.  Further information will be included in the Convention Call, which will be sent out to all locals and District Councils in the near future.


Convention Dates: May 19-21, 2021 (3 days)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00pm (daily) PST

**Resolution Cutoff Date**:  March 22, 2021 at 12:00pm PST


CRA News Release | Home Office Expenses for Employees

The Canada Revenue Agency has simplified the rules to help make Canadians working from home eligible for a tax deduction.  Under the new rules, employees having worked from home more than 50% of the time over a period of a least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 are eligible to claim the home office expenses deduction for 2020.  Please read the CRA news release here and visit the CRA website for more information.




Diversity and Inclusion Webinar | From Bystander to Allyship | Jan 13

Alden Habacon, who led CUPE BC’s first Fall 2020 webinar on Inclusion for Unions, is offering a free webinar on allyship and ways to meaningfully address non-inclusive language and behaviour in the community and the workplace. For a full workshop description, please click the registration link below.


Date: January 13, 2021

Time: 9:00-11:00am PST

Registration: click here

Cost: Free


Stratagem Black History Month Events | Black Queer Futures | Jan 23-Feb 28

Stratagem: Black Queer Futures is a series of virtual talks and workshops by Black activists dedicated to exploring the nuances of Black queer identity, resistance and movement building.  Spread out over Black History Month, a wide range of workshops are being offered to provide participants with an intersectional experience of Black LBGTQ2S+ lived realities and histories. For more information, please see below and/or contact the organizers at


Dates:  Various offerings starting Jan 23, ending Feb 28

Workshop Schedule:  Click here

Registrations: Click here  **NOTE: Black Community Access tickets ($25) and 50-100% scholarships are available for anyone in need.


BCFED Health & Safety Centre | Professional Development Programs

The BCFED Health & Safety Centre will be offering a range of professional development programs over the coming months, including those listed below.  Detailed course descriptions can be found on BCFED Health & Safety Centre course calendar (click here).  For more information, please contact the BCFED OH&S Centre by phone (1-888-223-5669) or via email (


OH&S Committee Part 1

Various Dates (Jan/Feb 2021)

1 day session | 8:30am-4:30pm

Delivery: Online

Registration: Click here for list of options

Mental Health First Aid

Various Dates (March/April 2021)

2 day session | 8:30am-4:30pm

Delivery: In Person (Burnaby)

Registration: Click here for list of options


Should you have any questions regarding this update, please email for additional information.


In solidarity,



CUPE BC Executive Board

CUPE British Columbia

#410-6222 Willingdon Avenue

Burnaby, British Columbia

V5H 0G3

P: 604.291.9119





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