The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

TO: Members in the British Columbia/Yukon Region

FROM: Morgan Cranny, Regional Director

SUBJECT: Occupational Health and Safety Training – December 8, 2023

We are pleased to advise that an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Training session is being offered on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, B.C. The OHS Training session will be one day, starting at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  All participants are required to attend the full day.  

This training module is designed to assist PIPSC members sitting on OHS Committees in the workplace.  This training is in addition to any training provided by the employer and is specifically intended for employee representatives. 

Participants will learn:

  • What health and safety entails;
  • An overview of occupational health and safety codes which applies to the federal, provincial and territorial sectors;
  • The roles and responsibilities of employers under various codes;
  • The roles and responsibilities of bargaining agents under various codes; and 
  • Their role as a steward and PIPSC activist in promoting a safe and healthy workplace.

As we are limited to the number of participants for OHS Training, a selection criteria has been established and will be applied when reviewing the applications. As we anticipate that this training activity will be heavily subscribed, you are encouraged to submit your registration as soon as you receive the registration email..  

You will receive a confirmation e-mail acknowledging receipt of your registration form. 

Once your registration has been reviewed, you will receive a second e-mail advising whether you have been selected or not selected to attend this training.  This will occur after the close of registration.  Please be advised that travel arrangements cannot be made, nor will hotel reservations be made in your name, until you have received confirmation of attendance by e-mail from the Vancouver Regional Office.


The hotel coordinates are:

Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver Downtown Suites 
550 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1L6
604 689.8188 


Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the PIPSC Travel Policy.

Guest rooms will be reserved on your behalf.  The room rate is based on single or double occupancy.  

Accommodation will be provided on Thursday night for those members who cannot arrive at the meeting location without having to leave their home prior to 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

Hotel guests are required to present a valid credit card upon check-in at the hotel to process the room reservation.  This is to cover incidentals and/or any miscellaneous room charges which are the responsibility of each guest.

The cost of the hotel will be paid by the Institute through a master account.  Rooms have been guaranteed to the Institute for late arrival.  Please be aware that PIPSC will be charged in full for any rooms cancelled within one week of arrival [by December 1st], regardless of whether or not they are used.  We ask that you be mindful of this fact when completing your registration form.  

If you need to cancel or make any changes, please contact Patricia Fung immediately at pfung@pipsc.caFailure to follow these procedures may result in being charged directly for your accommodation.


Lunch and breaks on Friday will be provided for all participants.  


Members can claim the lesser of the actual kilometres (currently 56.5¢/km.) driven or the rate of $900.00, which is based on Air Canada Flight Passes and ground transportation.  This is based on the PIPSC Travel Policy Schedule A, effective July 1, 2023.  

Compensatory salary and meal expenses will be reimbursed based on travel by plane. 

Any car rental requests require pre-approval.

If you have any questions about the PIPSC Travel Policy, please inquire prior to travelling.  Additional costs due to driving (rather than flying), such as meals, time missed from work and accommodation incurred during transit, will be at the responsibility of the traveller.  Refer to the PIPSC Travel Policy available on our website at for further information.


Parking is available at the hotel.  Reimbursement will be provided for one vehicle per member.  


Morgan Cranny, 

Steward, Director, BC/Yukon Region