Provincial Human Rights Committee biennial conference – Nov 25-27


OPSEU/SEFPO’s Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC) will be holding their biennial conference from November 25 – 27 2022, at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto.

Applications are now closed.

The theme for this conference is “Living and Working Well: Speaking truth to power in a COVID society.”  We will look at the ways in which people coped while working through a global pandemic. We will also examine the restrictions that changed the way we communicate and supported each other and what that looks like moving forward.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Challenges frontline workers faced at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Coping strategies and how to maintain good physical and mental health
  • Examining how political decisions have affected workers and communities with a focus on the impacts on human rights

Conference Format:

  • Hybrid Conference. Applicants will have a choice to choose between “in-person” or “virtually”. All attendees must choose which preference they have.
  • The OPSEU/SEFPO Human Rights Conference will be in line with all existing and new health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19 (ex. capacity limits, physical distancing, etc.) Subject to change without prior notice based on the Province of Ontario’s mandates and/or restrictions.

Conference Dates/Times:

  • Friday November 25, 2022 – 7:00PM – 9:00PM (registration begins at 4:00PM)
  • Saturday November 26, 2022 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Evening Program 7:00PM – 9:00PM
  • Sunday November 27, 2022 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM

On-site Childcare Dates/Times:

  • Friday November 25 2022 – 4:00PM – 9:30PM
  • Saturday November 26, 2022 8:00AM – 4:30PM; Evening 6:30PM – 9:30PM
  • Sunday November 27, 2022 from 8:00AM – 12:30PM

Conference Venue:

  • Held at the Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto 123 Queen St. West
  • Virtual participation available

Space is limited and event participants will be selected by the selection committee with assistance from the Equity Unit.  The selection process seeks to achieve a diverse group of attendees, representative of various equity groups within our membership.

For any questions and/or additional requirements, please contact the Equity Unit directly at

We look forward to meeting you at the Conference!

In solidarity,

OPSEU/SEFPO Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC)

Authorized for Distribution by JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President

Tentative Conference Agenda

Friday November, 2022

4:00 to 7:00 PM                 Registration

5:00 PM                            Smudging Ceremony

7:00 to 7:20 PM                 Welcome, Conference Logistics,

7:20 to 7:40 PM                 Land Acknowledgement Education Session

7:40 to 8:55 PM                 Keynote Speaker (Charlene Marshall) – Wellness at Work

8:55 to 9:00 PM                 Wrap-up and adjourn


Saturday November, 2022

8:00 to 9:00 AM                 Breakfast (not provided), Registration Re-opens

9:00 to 9:15 AM                 Morning Announcements

9:15 to 9:30 AM                 OPSEU/SEFPO President, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer, Conference Opening Remarks and Welcome

9:30 to 9:45 AM                 The political effects of COVID-19 and their impacts on the safety of migrant workers

9:45 to 10:30 AM               Panel Discussion – The political effects of COVID-19 on Community Wellness with Tyler Downey, Natasha Grey, Layla Statts and Paul Taylor; Moderator by Shadiyah Stoute

10:30 to 10:45 AM             Break (Movement Session/Chair Yoga)

10:45 AM to 11:30 AM       Panel Discussion cont’d

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM       Question Café

12:00 to 1:30 PM               Lunch (not provided) – Chair Yoga Session

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM           Roundtable Discussions (water, food security, health and wellness, labour shortage, privatization)

2:30 PM to 3:15 PM           Report back from roundtable discussion

3:15 to 3:30 PM                 Break

3:30 to 4:30 PM                 Report back from Roundtable discussion cont’d

4:30 PM                             Wrap-up and adjourn, Dinner (not provided)

7:00PM to 11:00 PM          Evening Event: Networking with MPPs on human rights issues that impact communities across Ontario the most


Sunday November, 2022

8:00 to 9:00 AM                 Breakfast (not provided)

9:00 to 10:30 AM               Building and Developing an Action Plan for Resilient Communities

10:30 to 10:45 AM             Break

10:45 to 11:45 AM             Examining Various Methods of Lobbying

11:45 AM to 12:00 PM       Conference Wrap-Up, Evaluation, Traveling Song and Adjournment