Important: Please read this section before starting your application.

Applicants must be:
  • A BCGEU member; or related to a current, retired or deceased BCGEU member or staff[1], and
  • A current or prospective post-secondary or higher learning student enrolled, registered or planning to attend an eligible educational institution[2] in 2018.

In addition to personal information and details of your education plan, you will be asked to answer an essay question. We recommend that you prepare your answer and return to this online application. You can prepare your 450 to 500 word answer and then cut and paste it into the application. Applicants with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may submit their answer to the essay question as a audio or video file to
The essay question is:
British Columbia has a long history of protest and activism that has shaped our province. What lessons, if any, can today’s trade unions learn from this history? How important is protest and activism to making change possible? Use a historical or contemporary example of social movements, protest and activism that you find inspiring to consider these questions.

We encourage you to base your answer on an interview with a BCGEU member, personal experience or original research.

The deadline for submitting your applications is at midnight on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

[1] Eligible relatives include spouses, (same or opposite and common law spouses); parents; and children and grandchildren (including foster, adopted and step children and grandchildren).
[2] Eligible educational institutions must be recognized by Employment and Social Development Canada. A list can be found here.)