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OPSEU College Support Staff Marilou Martin Scholarship Spring 2018

About the Scholarship

OPSEU College Support Staff workers are once again offering the “OPSEU College Support Staff Marilou Martin Scholarship.” This scholarship is given to full-time students in one of the 24 Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology (CAAT) in Ontario. Support Staff local unions across the province fundraise to offer these scholarships to the students we proudly work with.
This year, we are pleased to offer an additional semester with five (5) x $1,200 scholarships.

Scholarship Theme 

Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
On November 27, 2017, Bill 148 received Royal Assent and passed in the legislature, also called the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. The government recognized, with assistance from the voice of union representatives, how rapidly Ontario’s economy was changing, and how workplaces are becoming less secure with part-time and contract jobs on the rise. Unions in Ontario have been lobbying for changes in legislation due to the increase of precarious employment for a number of years.
Bill 148 introduced many “pro-employee” changes including expanded protections and improved standards by making amendments to both the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) as well as the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (“LRA).

Application Submission Criteria

BOTH of the following two questions must clearly be addressed in your submission.
  1. How does the passage of Bill 148 show the importance of unions and community allies?
  2. How does the passage of Bill 148 positively impact student workers?
Applications can be submitted in any of the following forms:
  • Poem
  • Song
  • 500-word written essay
  • Video (2 minutes in length)
  • Visual Art

Who can apply

Eligibility:  All applicants must be residents of Ontario and registered full-time in one of Ontario’s 24 public colleges. Students originally from outside of Ontario, but who are living in Ontario while attending school, are welcome to apply.
Ontario’s Public Colleges include: Fanshawe, Lambton, St. Clair, Niagara, Conestoga, Mohawk, Sheridan, Durham, Fleming, Georgian, Algonquin, St. Lawrence, Loyalist, La Cite, George Brown, Seneca, Centennial, Humber, Boreal, Cambrian, Sault, Canadore, Northern, or Confederation.

How to apply

Application Deadline is April 27, 2018.
Applications received after the due date will not be considered.


The following items must be submitted with your application.
  • Application Cover Page – fully completed
  • Scholarship Submission – be sure to address both Questions
  • Proof of Enrolment – of Full-Time Status from your Attending College

Submit entire application package to:

College Support Scholarship Committee – OPSEU
100 Lesmill Road Toronto ON M3B 3P8
Attention: Negotiations Unit – Micheline Jasmin
or by email to: