COVID-19 Updates

Publish date: Thursday, March 12, 2020


PEA Office Closure

Updated March 19

The PEA is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. Please be aware that the PEA’s Victoria office is closed starting March 17 through to at least March 29.

Our staff are working from home and will remain available to you, our members, via email and phone. PEA staff have remote access to various PEA systems so we anticipate we will be able to largely continue our member servicing and operations.

You can find up-to-date PEA contact information on our website at

We will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on you and your workplaces and advocate on your behalf. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Education Conference Cancelled

March 13, 2020

The PEA's Education Conference has been cancelled. Find out more information here.

Chapter Updates on Covid-19

March 12, 2020

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 situation. 

We encourage all members to follow the Government of Canada’s health recommendations for updates, travel advisories, and general prevention and risk guidance.

As your union it is our priority that all members have safe working environments. We are currently working on an agreement with your employer to provide enhanced leave provisions that might not be covered under your existing collective agreement. This will protect your rights should you become sick or need to self-isolate during the pandemic.  We are also encouraging employers to revisit their emergency operations protocols and provide flexible work arrangements.

The situation with COVID-19 is changing daily. Please contact your Labour Relations Officer should you have any questions about your health and safety.

Please find further information for specific chapters: 

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 August-September 2020 issue includes a look into Animal Care Services at UVic.

Read the August-September 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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