What is the Labour Fair?

It is safe to say that George Brown College's Labour Fair is the biggest – in terms of scope, size and breadth – event to profile the labour movement to post-secondary students at any college or university in Canada! Furthermore, the Labour Fair has grown into one of the largest events at George Brown organized specifically for our students.

It is:

  • An annual, week-long event that brings trade union speakers into about 80 college classrooms across our 3 campuses
  • An opportunity for over 3000 students to hear the union perspective on the issues that they face when they get jobs in the sectors they are training for – the challenges the sector is facing, strategies to overcome occupational problems.
  • Not just talks, but also cultural events! Music, films, displays, theatre and performance art – to highlight workers' issues and issues of social justice in a creative and imaginative way, and the labour movement's artistic contributions.

The Labour Fair emphasizes the added rights and benefits that a union brings into the workplace, and that unions help to narrow the gap between rich and poor in our society. We also give prominence to struggles against classism, racism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, heterosexism, discrimination against people with disabilities and other forms of economic and social injustice.


Teachers: Request speakers for your class here!

GBC students: Enter our Labour Fair poster design contest here!