Pandemic Resources

PEA Office Closure Extended

The PEA’s Victoria office will remain closed until further notice. Staff will continue to work from home and will remain available to our members via email and phone. You can find PEA staff contact information on our website at

GLP Pandemic Resources

Please visit the GLP webpage for chapter-specific information regarding the pandemic.

UVic Pandemic Resources

Please visit the UVic webpage for chapter-specific information regarding the pandemic.

Duty to Accommodate


If the risk of COVID-19 has a particular impact on certain members based on their membership in a protected group under the Human Rights Code (such as if a member is immunocompromised, is elderly, is pregnant or possibly if they are in a caregiving relationship with someone who is at high risk) a duty to accommodate may arise.

In this circumstance, a member should consider requesting an accommodation that limits their risk of acquiring the illness. Please connect with a PEA Labour Relations Officer if you are in this situation.

BC Centre for Disease Control


BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the provincial source of information on COVID-19.

BCCDC provides health promotion and prevention services, and diagnostic and treatment services. They work to reduce communicable and chronic disease, preventable injury and environmental health risks. BCCDC also provides analytical and policy support to government and health authorities.

To find health information about COVID-19 for the public and for health care professionals, and to use the self-assessment tool for COVID-19 testing, visit the BCCDC website.

BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 Community Settings
BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 data
BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 for the public
BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 for health care professionals 
BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 self-assessment for testing

B.C. Government Support


The province of B.C. is taking steps to contain the spread of COVID-19. There are many programs in place to support British Columbians through these unprecedented times. For information from the B.C. Government on essential services, news and updates, education, child care, business, travel, housing and monthly bills, reduced services and more, visit B.C. Government: B.C.’s response to COVID-19.

B.C. Government, BC’s Restart Plan

The province of B.C. has formed a plan with steps we can all take together to protect each other and ensure that as a province we can bounce back from COVID-19 stronger than before. For information from the B.C. Government on the plan, see BC's Restart Plan.

Further Resources


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 48 Issue 1

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

The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

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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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