Advanced Duty to Accommodate: Accommodating Members With Disabilities

The PSAC is pleased to offer a new advanced course for Union representatives …

Advanced Duty to Accommodate: Accommodating Members With Disabilities

The course will be held December 7-9, 2012 in Vancouver – course hours are Dec 7th 1-5PM, Dec 8th 9AM-5PM, Dec 9th 9AM-2PM (note this is subject to change).

This course is for PSAC union representatives (stewards, local officers, etc.) who have experience and training:

  • on representing members with disabilities;
  • on the duty to accommodate;
  • directly related to representation.

Course Overview:

The goal of the Advanced Duty to Accommodate course is to develop our union’s ability to provide effective representation on the duty to accommodate members with disabilities, at the Local level.  

Please note, applications are now closed – registration deadline was October 31st. If you have any questions about your application, contact Deb Seaboyer, A/BC Regional Education Officer via email at

By the end of the course, participants will


  • when the duty to accommodate becomes applicable;
  • the different processes involving workplace accommodation for members with disabilities i.e. Disability benefits, return to work (RTW), Workers’ Compensation and injury on duty (IOD), health and safety provisions, and medical assessment;


  • more confident when dealing with some of the challenges and key issues related to duty to accommodate members with disabilities (i.e.; mental health disabilities, multiple disabilities and other oppressions and harassment);
  • they have the tools and information needed to effectively represent members requiring accommodation in the workplace;

Be Able To:

  • apply the legal definition of discrimination and accommodation in the workplace;
  • identify proactive accommodation measures for the workplace;
  • name various recourse mechanisms for members requiring accommodation.

The Details:

The PSAC will provide travel, accommodation, meal and incidental allowances, loss of salary, and reimbursement of family care costs, in accordance with the PSAC Travel and Family Care policies.  Please note that this is not an advanced in-residence course so hotel accommodation will not be provided for participants living in the Vancouver area.

For more information, or if you have any questions contact Deb Seaboyer, A/BC Regional Education Officer via email at

All applicants will be contacted by November 6, 2012 to advise if they have been accepted as a participant on the course.  Details about travel, accommodation, expenses, etc. will be sent to union representatives selected as course participants by November 8, 2012.