OPSEU Provincial Women's Committee

International Women’s Day Events

Marching on International Women's Day - March 8

Join the Provincial Women's Committee in celebrating International Women's Day across the province.

International Women’s Day has been observed since March 19, 1911. At the time, more than one million women and men showed their support of women’s issues by participating in public events in Europe. In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. In Canada, more than 40 events will be held this year.

PWC Region 5 IWD Forum


A woman’s place is in her union?

Date: March 3
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge Street Toronto

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:15 a.m. Key-note speaker: Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Women’s Workshop—Marriott Courtyard, University Room A and B
  • 9: 00 a.m. Violence against women workshop: University Room A and B
  • 5:30 p.m. Holistic Care and Wellness: Porter Room
  • 7:30 p.m. Social Evening: Room 1704 South

Toronto International Women's Day


Date: Saturday March 3
Rally: 11am (252 Bloor Street West, OISE Building)
March: 1pm
Location: University of Toronto OISE Building (252 Bloor Street West)

Theme: Liberation, Honouring Our Sisters, Celebrating our victories, strengthening our resistance on Indigenous land!

Special Note: In light of the Justice for Tina Fontaine Rally, the International Women's Day Committee will be changing the parade route to end at City Hall so that we can come together with the Toronto: Justice For Tina Fontaine event to honour Tina Fontaine and the many missing and murdered Indigenous women whose families have yet to receive justice.



Barrie International Women's Day Poster

Flag-raising and March

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: Starts at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Barrie City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street, Barrie

Flag-raising: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
March: 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Refreshments: 5:00-5:30 p.m.

We invite you to celebrate and empower women at the International Women’s Day events in Barrie. All are welcome!



International Women's Day Event

Date: Thursday, March 8th
Time:  11am until 2pm
Location: Lincoln Alexander Centre – 160 King Street East, Hamilton

The International Women's Day Committee – coordinated by SACHA – invites women from all over Hamilton to come together and celebrate! #PressForProgress

The event is free and all are welcome. Feel free to wear traditional clothing that represents your culture.

Child minding and light lunch will be provided.

For more information, registration, or to request ASL interpretration please call 905.525.4573


Date: March 3
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: OPSEU Kingston Regional Office, 824 John Counter Blvd. Kingston

The Provincial Women's Committee, Region 4 is celebrating International Women’s Day with a film screening of “Girl Rising” –a film about the challenges that girls face around the world regarding education.  After the screening, a question and answer period and light lunch will follow. Admission to the screening is a full size bottle of personal care products or feminine hygiene products that PWC Region 4 will donate to women’s shelters in the region.


The 18th Annual International Women's Day Breakfast & Auction

Date: Friday March 9th
Time:  7am-9am (doors open at 6:30am)
Location: London Convention Center, 300 York Street, London

2018 Keynote Speaker: Najwa Zebian, a Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker and educator.

The International Women's Day Breakfast is an annual fundraiser that takes place in support of the London Abused Women's Centre (LAWC). This year, we welcome Najwa Zebian  to share her experiences. The community gathers to hear inspired words, bid on Silent and Live Auction items, as well as take part in other fundraising games. All of the items featured in the auctions and games are generously donated by many businesses in London, surrounding area, and beyond. The morning is a great opportunity to connect with fellow community members and raise money for an important cause and vital services for abused women.

For more information http://lawc.on.ca/events/breakfast/

Port Hope

Northumberland Labour Council International Women's Day Breakfast

Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 9 a.m.- 12 (noon)
Location: Carpenter’s Hall, Croft Street, Port Hope

All proceeds go towards Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Center. Come and celebrate women in the work place where the men prepare and serve the breakfast.



Hashtags & Beyond: 10 Years of Honouring Local Feminists

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Horticulture Building at Lansdowne (1525 Princess Patricia Way)

Annually, a group of local, national and international organizations host an International Women's Day celebration in Ottawa. This Thursday, March 8th come celebrate International Women's Day Ottawa 10th Anniversary event.

Mark the occasion with friends, honour the recipients of the 2018 Femmy Awards, enjoy the Activist Fair, and engage with the ideas and issues raised on stage.

Free Admission. Free Childcare. Free Snacks. Cash Bar and Free childcare is available for the duration of the event.



Tampon Tuesday Event

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Location: Kuppajo Espresso Bar, 109 Larch Street

As part of International Women's Week in Sudbury, Tampon Tuesday's purpose is to bring awareness to the issues facing women in need.

Bring a friend for a night of socializing, networking and going with the flow, while helping women in our community! Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The entrance fee is an unopened menstrual hygiene product or $4, that will be donated directly to agencies in our community. Light snacks will be available. Donations going directly to: Sudbury Food Bank  and the YWCA Sudbury – Genevra House …and will be distributed to other local charities in need as well! 

Guest speakers include:

Emma Lapierre 
Shelter Support Worker, YWCA Genevra House 

Amanda Kingsley Malo
Founder at PoliticsNOW

Suggestions for donations:
Sanitary/Menstrual Pads, Tampons, Menstrual Cups, Incontinence products and underwear. 

Tampon Tuesday is an initiative through Labour Community Services, United Way Centraide North East Ontario / Nord-est de l’Ontario, in partnership with the Sudbury and District Labour Council’s Women’s Committee

Thunder Bay


International Women's Day Events

Royal High Tea

Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 12:30- 2 p.m. (1st sitting), 2-4:30 p.m. (2nd sitting)
Location: 234 Van Norman Street, Thunder Bay
RSVP at 705-684-1955

IWD Flag-Raising

Date: Monday, March 5
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Thunder Bay City Hall

Sign and Noise-Maker Pot-Luck

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: 234 Van Norman Street, Thunder Bay
RSVP at 705-684-1955

Solidarity March

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Starts at St. Paul’s United Church, 349 Waverly Street, Thunder Bay
Co-sponsored by OPSEU, Thunder Bay and District Labour Council, UNIFOR, and PSAC.

Social in Support of International Women’s Day

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
Location: The Study Coffeehouse, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Street, Thunder Bay

IWD Concert with Les Chiclettes

Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Trinity Hall, 310 Park Avenue, Thunder Bay
Cost is $10 at the door
For further information, call 705-684-1955