Uniting labour in our community


VDLC education programs are open, accessible, and affordable.  From labour law and progressive economics to public speaking and social policy, we offer training, seminars, and workshops on a range of topics that are timely and important to trade unionists and social justice activists.

We limit our class sizes to maximize learning, and ensure that every participant is encouraged to participate and make the most of their experience.

Union membership is not required. Many unions will reimburse student costs, and some financial scholarships are available.

VDLC Programs

Anita Yan Memorial Labour Law Series

For current course offerings

Our Anita Yan Memorial Labour Law Education program is taught by lawyers and advocates who work exclusively for unions and workers. Other education sessions are presented by activists and educators who are experts in their field. These programs complement other education offered through unions, the Canadian Labour Congress (Harrison Winter School) or other training.

Named in recognition of a inspiring union organizer who died too young, this program provides top quality reviews of current labour law and tips for success when working in a legal framework.

Women’s Education

The VDLC Women’s Committee puts on workshops for women in public speaking, economics, childcare policy and other issues. Read More

Other Educational Opportunties

CLC Winter School



BC Federation of Labour OH&S Education Program