• The purpose of the Provincial Employment Strategy Committee is to develop and implement educational strategies for training, retraining and re-employment of Employees to meet current and future human resources needs and to provide employment security. The Employer agrees to deduct the Employees’ share of the Employment Insurance rebate and match that deduction and forward to the Employment Strategy Committee those monies on a monthly basis.
  • To provide current employees employment security through the mandate of the committee. CUPE employees for the purpose of this committee are employees in Locals 3967, 4777, 4980, 5111 and 5999.


  • Establish program direction, action strategies and policies and procedures;
  • Review and approve the payment of requests as appropriate;
  • Determine signing authorities for financial and operational needs;
  • Prepare and publish a monthly financial statement;
  • Contract an independent auditor to produce a yearly audited financial statement for the program;
  • Develop and maintain an adequate information system to support the committee’s needs;
  • Establish an appeals process related to funding requests; and
  • Address proactive processes that support a representational workforce which shall include, but not be limited to, identifying employment opportunities, education and training, and preparing workplaces.

Reporting Structure:

The committee shall provide an annual operations report by September 1st of each year, including an annual operations statement, educational expenditures (program specific) and educational strategies implemented to meet current and future human resources needs, etc. to each Employer, each Local of the Union and the CUPE Health Care Council.


  • Chairperson - will rotate between Union and Employer Committee members effective January 1st of odd numbered years. The Chairperson’s term shall be for two (2) years.
  • Administrative Support – the Provincial Employment Strategy Committee Office Coordinator will provide administrative support.
  • Membership – comprised of ten (10) voting members and two (2) non-voting advisors, for a term of at least two (2) years:
    • five (5) appointees from the CUPE locals, or named alternates;
    • five (5) appointees from the Employer Regional Health Authorities or named alternates;
    • one (1) advisor from CUPE or named alternate; and
    • one (1) advisor from SAHO or named alternate;
  • Quorum – will be at least three (3) CUPE voting members and at least three (3) Employer voting members.
  • Decision-making – will be determined by majority of all voting committee members.


  • Meetings and/or conference calls shall be held quarterly, or at the call of the chair.
  • Minutes shall be distributed to the members of the committee and posted to the SAHO/CUPE website once approved.


  • Terms of Reference will be reviewed every two (2) years.


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