During these challenging and disruptive times, the PEA is still online and providing service and support to our members.  The PEA office will be closed until at least March 29. You can view all PEA updates here.

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National Volunteer Week (Multi-day event)

Sunday, April 19, 2020

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. 

This year's theme is: “It's time to applaud this country's volunteers." 

From coast to coast to coast, Canada’s volunteers work tirelessly to spur progress in their community, city and country. They give their time in support of causes and programs they believe in and ask for nothing in return. 

And for that, we owe them our thanks. Let's roll out the red carpet and cheer them on.

It is our honour to call on our partners and friends to help make this National Volunteer Week extraordinary. Let’s join together and ensure the 12.7 million Canadian volunteers we count on receive a well-deserved round of applause!

Check out the NVW 2020 Campaign Kit, full of tips, templates and planning tools to help you plan your NVW events.

This National Volunteer Week, thank a volunteer for all they do. #NVW2020

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PEA members working at the Okanagan Regional Library are contributing to the rebranding of public libraries, enticing people to discover the new and improved ways they can benefit from this public resource. Find out more

Stephanie Thoreson Okanagan Regional Librarian

Meet the PEA


In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 1

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The January-February 2020 issue includes a Vancouver Sun op/ed piece from PEA Executive Director Scott McCannell on the Legal Services Society strike.

Read the January-February 2020 issue



The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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