The CLC recognizes that our school takes place on the traditional and unceded lands of the Sts’ailes people. We encourage students to visit the Sts’ailes Nation’s website for more information about the Sts’Ailes, their history and culture, and their current projects.


To access course schedules and descriptions, please refer to our 2024 Winter School Brochure.


The CLC Winter School is committed to providing a working, living and learning environment which gives equal opportunity to students, instructors and staff to participate in and enjoy the school. This supportive atmosphere must be based on mutual respect and be free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. The responsibility for creating and preserving a harassment-free environment is a collective one.

Harassment violates two fundamental principles of the labour movement: human rights and solidarity. Sexual, racial, and other forms of harassment such as homophobia will not be tolerated. Harassment includes any behaviour which undermines the dignity or self-esteem of an individual or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Retaliation against an individual who has filed a complaint is also harassment. Complaints will be taken seriously and investigated immediately.

For the purposes of this policy, the definition of harassment is as follows:

Harassment is the expression of perceived power and superiority over another person or group, usually for reasons of sex, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, family or marital status, social or economic class, political or religious affiliation, or language. Harassment is unwanted and uninvited; it may be verbal or physical; it is coercive, and can occur as a single incident or on a repeated basis. It includes actions, attitudes, language, bullying, or gestures which the harasser knows or reasonably ought to know are wrong. It includes comments, statements, slurs, jokes, and graffiti, including articles, pictures, and posters. Sexual harassment includes remarks, jokes, innuendos and taunts of a sexual nature; insulting gestures; the display of pornographic material; leering; demands for sexual favours; unnecessary physical conduct and physical assault.

If you believe you are being harassed, act immediately: If possible, make it clear you do not welcome such behaviour. You can do so either on your own, or with the assistance of another party. This may be done verbally or in writing. Indicate that you will take further action if the behaviour continues. If the inappropriate behaviour persists, approach one or both of the ombudspersons who will investigate the matter.


Each week, two people are Ombudspersons, and their names and contact information will be circulated at the beginning of each week of Winter School. Their role is to help students encountering problems at the school and to help administer the school’s Anti-Harassment Policy. We want to make your education at the Winter School as enjoyable as possible. You are encouraged to discuss any issues or concerns with harassment or inappropriate behaviour with your instructors or with one of the Ombudspersons. They will keep your conversations confidential or direct your concerns through the appropriate channels.

COVID Policy

Map of Hotel

map of the hotel

Week at a Glance







Evening Sessions

Sunday Night (Required) – 7:00 pm

Join us Sunday at 7:00 pm for the opening session. You will hear from an Officer of the CLC about the work of the CLC and the Regional Director about the school and what to expect for the rest of the week.

Monday Night Political Panel (Required)- 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening panel discussion on current federal and provincial labour issues. Our panel of expert speakers will delve into a variety of topics, including minimum wage, employment standards, health and safety, and education issues. Panel members will include provincial MLAs, federal MPs, and labour movement leadership. Come prepared with any questions you may have for our panellists.

Tuesday Night – 7:00 pm


Wednesday Choir Night (Required) – 7:00 pm

Join us for a special choir evening at the school, where each class will write and perform their own song. These original compositions, set to well-known tunes, will infuse some fun and working-class spirit into the evening. Whether you’re a seasoned singer or a beginner, all will bring something to the evening and lend their voices to the choir. This is a chance to come together and celebrate the strength and unity of the labour movement through music. Don’t miss out on this special evening of song and camaraderie!

Thursday Graduation Dinner – 6:00 pm

Our graduation dinner is held in the Copper Room at 6:00pm. This is a plated dinner. If you wish to have a vegetarian or alternate meal please contact the maitre d’ in the Copper Room at lunch on Thursday. Guests may attend. You may pay for your guest at the front desk.


All meals are taken in the Copper Room. From Sunday to Wednesday dinner is Buffet style and starts at 5:30 pm. On Thursday, dinner is a plated sit-down meal and starts at 6:00 pm. Please be on time for dinner as service does not begin until enough people are in the Copper Room. Your lateness may impact on others. Your timeliness will be appreciated.

Breakfast: 7:00 to 9:00 am

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 (1:30 some classes) pm

Sunday to Wednesday Dinner: 5:30 pm

Thursday Dinner: 6:00 pm

All meals except for Thursday dinner are buffet style and should accommodate most dietary restrictions. Dishes will be clearly marked regarding gluten, dairy, and nuts.

If participants have further dietary concerns, they can speak to the Copper Room Maitre d’ about their requirements.

Note: Some menu items may change due to availability.

For the daily menu click here

Need to Know

Student Behaviour

Delegates to the Winter School should understand that a high standard of behaviour is expected of them. The key word is RESPECT – respect for all of the people at the school, guests, and hotel staff.

Specifically, rowdyism, harassment, intolerant acts, derogatory remarks, or hosting parties in your room will not be tolerated. The residential setting of the Winter School does not relieve delegates of the obligation for normal behaviour. Past incidents have been dealt with severely and the CLC reserves the right to send delegates home if their conduct does not meet our standards. All students deserve the opportunity to enjoy the Winter School. Quiet time is designated after 11:00 pm. We thank everyone for your cooperation in these matters.

Name Badges

Badges will be provided to delegates, resources, and instructors. This identifies you as being a participant. Please wear your badge at all times. A guest meal ticket is required to eat in the Copper Room.

Winter School Office

The Winter School office is located in Room 206, around the corner (right) at the fireplace and then an immediate left, down the hall. Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The office is closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.


The Harrison Resort is wholly unionized with staff members of IUOE Local 882 and UNITE HERE Local 40. It has been the site of the CLC Pacific Region Winter School since 1974.

Class Schedules

Classes are held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, except Friday, when they are from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in hotel rooms or on balconies in accordance with provincial law. Infractions will result in daily fines levied by the hotel.


Students are welcome to bring spouses/guests. Guests may choose to participate in the optional meal plan for an additional charge of $109.03/day or $545.15/week. Payments for guest meal plans are to be paid to the Front Desk. Guests are required to register with the Front Desk whether or not they participate in the meal plan.


All meals are taken in the Copper Room. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm every night except Thursday when dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Participants must wear their name badges for entry to the dining room. Meals are buffet style except Thursday dinner which is a plated event. A detailed list of the week’s menu is outlined in this guide. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options on the buffets, which are labelled. Participants who have further dietary concerns can speak to the Copper Room Maitre d’ about their requirements.

No Fragrance Policy

Due to the number of people who have a sensitivity/allergy to fragrances please be aware that the Winter School is a “Fragrance-Free Zone”, and refrain from wearing fragrant shampoo, lotion, soap, bodywash, cologne, perfume, aftershave, etc. Check the ingredients label for “fragrance/parfum”.

Family Environment

For the safety of the Copper Room staff please supervise children while on the dance floor and do not let them run through the aisles.

The Choir Contest is not a child-friendly event. The child care facilities are open for this event to parents who have children registered in the child care program.

Alcohol-Free Social Networking

A social networking space is available Monday to Thursday (after the General Session) in the Lakeside Cafe for delegates who wish to socialize with other delegates in an alcohol-free setting. Cards, games, and non-alcoholic beverages are provided.

Boxed Lunches

For those students who must leave immediately after class and who will not be staying for lunch, boxed lunches will be available for the ride home. Be sure to be included in the boxed lunch count in the class. Tickets for these boxed lunches will be given out during class on Friday. The boxed lunches can be picked up outside the East Forum on Friday.


Bus Schedule

Please note the 2024 Winter School is subject to the ongoing public health situation. Participants should book travel arrangements accordingly, as Winter School may be cancelled if Public Health Orders change or the public health situation worsens.

The Winter School bus leaves the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, with stops in Surrey, Coquitlam, the Vancouver Airport, ending at Pacific Central Station in Vancouver. If you did not reserve a spot when you registered, see the CLC office in Room 206. Requests made at school are on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed.

Harrison Hot Springs ResortArrives: 11:45, Departs: 12:00 Noon
Guildford LibraryArrives: 13:30
CoquitlamArrives: 14:00
Vancouver International AirportArrives: 15:00 for flights departing after 17:00
Pacific Central StationArrives: 15:45
* all times are approximate and subject to traffic

A detailed bus schedule can be found here


There is an ATM Machine in the lobby, to the right of the Front Desk.

Gender Neutral Washroom

There is a gender-neutral washroom upstairs by the Lakeside Cafe.

Union Protein Project

The Union Protein Project is a non-profit society started in 2006 by unions and the United Way who saw a way to make a real difference in our communities. Unions and individual union members donate cash that is then used to subsidize food bank purchases of canned salmon and peanut butter.


Located in the hotel lobby, the Sticks and Stones Gift Shop is pleased to give 10% off purchases of gifts and clothing to attendees of the CLC Winter School. Please show your name badge before purchasing.

Checking out

Check-out time is 11:00 am. Please ensure that you check out of the hotel in the usual manner, and pay any extra charges billed to your room. Any disputed charges can be much more easily dealt with at that time.


Swimming Pool

There are several outdoor heated pools and two indoor pools. The outdoor pools are open daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm for adults and until 10:00 pm for children. Bathing suits can be purchased at the hotel gift shop.

The hotel will be distributing a letter outlining the pool policy at registration. It has been developed in conjunction with the CLC, and we request that everyone comply with it.


• Pools are used at your own risk.

• No lifeguards are on duty.

• Use extreme care when diving into the pool and ensure the area is clear of other swimmers.

• NO GLASSWARE, of any kind, is allowed anywhere in the pool area. Anyone doing so will be required to leave.

• No horseplay of any kind on pool decks.

Islands Bar

The Islands Bar is located in the lobby and is open daily. Discounts are available to CLC participants on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.


For those of you enthusiastic about the early morning hours, coffee and tea will be available before breakfast in the hotel lobby. The walk along the lake shore is very “refreshing” and is reasonably well-lit. It’s not an organized activity, however, so you may want to organize your own walking or jogging partners for companionship and safety.

Fitness Room

There is a fitness centre/weight room available, open at 6:30 am daily. It is located off the hallway leading from the Lobby area to the Copper Room.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding Winter School, please contact the support staff by emailing or calling 604-430-6766, ext. 700. Our office is open from Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (closed 12:00-1:00 pm for lunch), and Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm.