School of Labour: Labour Fair Poster Design Contest

Creating a Winning Labour Fair Poster

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve decided to look into entering our Poster Contest. Here you can find lots of information that will help you tailor your poster to suit our event.

The purpose of the Labour Fair poster is to promote our week-long event to students, faculty, and all GBC community members. It will be posted at all campuses and on monitors.

First, you can find out about the Labour Fair is on our Labour Fair Fact Sheet.

The School of Labour runs a Labour Fair Poster Contest that all GBC students can enter every year because:

  • We want to encourage student creativity and creative engagement with the labour movement.
  • We want people to be paid for their creative work, so we reward the creator who generates the poster design that best illustrates the theme.

The winning poster is selected by the Labour Fair Committee and that the $500 prize is kindly donated by the faculty union, Local 556 of the Ontario Pubic Service Employees Union.

Secondly, we want to introduce you to this year’s theme:

Organizing in a Burning World: Unions, Workers, and Climate Justice

To help you understand it better, here is the blurb for our theme:

Canada is heating at twice the global rate. Scientists have given us until 2030 to cut fossil fuel emission by half in order to avoid the worst of the climate catastrophe. Meanwhile social inequality grows both globally and locally as Indigenous and racialized people, workers, migrants, and poor communities face the brunt of the crisis.

Global capitalism and industrialization are massively socially and environmentally destructive. Individual solutions don’t work. We need bold new policies and a sustainable economy. Students and workers need a Green New Deal that is science-based, Indigenous-centred, worker-focused, and socially just.

That is why the Canadian labour movement is working to win a just transition away from fossil fuels to a sustainable green economy. This calls for fresh ideas: such as re-envisioning industries, expanding collective bargaining to include demands for sustainability, retraining and income supports for affected workers, investing in strong public services to deal with extreme weather events and other effects of the climate crisis.

What does this mean to students and workers? From livable wages to livable futures – let’s come together through this year’s Labour Fair to heal a burning world!

What are we expecting in the winning poster?

    • Our theme is reflected in your poster design
    • Prioritization of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour folks
    • Images of work and workers (i.e. not just suits and briefcases)
    • Visual inclusion of the theme
    • Vibrant and eye-catching design
    • Check out the past winning posters

To help us promote better for this event, we hope you can follow the poster design specifications listed below:

    • Design an 11" x 17" (min. 300 dpi) vertical ready to print colour poster, and a 1920px x 1080px (72 dpi) horizontal version for digital screens.
    • Text to be included are
      • Organizing in a Burning World: Unions, Workers, and Climate Justice
      • 28th Annual Labour Fair
      • March 23 – 27, 2020
      • A Week-Long Event That Brings Trade Union Speakers To Your Class
      • Labour Fair social media: @LabourFairGBC (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
    • Leave space for GBC logo
    • Leave space for the names of 6 - 10 sponsors and for event details
    • Correct and consistent spelling, punctuation, grammar, and capitalization
    • Appropriate sans-serif fonts and suitable font size
    • All documents in accessible format.

Lastly, once you have completed your design, please follow the instructions to enter the contest before the end of Friday, January 17th:

    • Send your .PDF posters (2 documents), subject line "LF poster contest entry", with your name, phone number, e-mail address, mailing address, and program name in the body to and
    • You can also drop off your hard copy of the poster in room 264D, St. James campus at 200 King St. E
    • If you have questions or want to hear more about our theme, contact us at

We truly appreciate all your great effort to enter our contest. We can’t wait to see your fantastic work!