Workers Health & Safety Centre

Students can apply for health and safety scholarships and bursaries in Ontario



All connected with the Workers Health & Safety Centre are committed to education – education in the workplace and beyond. To this end the WHSC has long offered student scholarships and bursaries for post-secondary education. Funds for these scholarships are raised from The Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser in honour of our late founder and first WHSC President.

Thanks to the tournament's success and ongoing support of member organizations and community partners, the WHSC offers the following programs:

  • Scholarships for Ontario students entering full-time or part-time studies at a publicly funded Ontario post-secondary institution;
  • Bursaries for Ontario students having already completed one year in a labour studies program.

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Each year WHSC sponsors a student essay competition aimed at raising occupational health and safety awareness among graduating Ontario high school students who are headed for post-secondary education. This year, we will recognize the top two essay entries with $2,000 scholarships each. These scholarships will honour the late Clifford Pilkey, WHSC’s founder and social justice champion, Fred Upshaw.  Up to three additional entries will be selected to receive $1,000 each.

Thanks to all students who submitted essays for the 2019 WHSC Post-Secondary Scholarship Competition. Winners will be notified by the end of August, 2019.

Meet WHSC Annual Student Scholarship 2018 Contest Winners:
WHSC Annual Student Scholarship Contest—2018 Winners

Labour Studies Bursaries

In honour of the late Wally Majesky, the WHSC is also proud to offer annually up to three $1,000 bursaries, jointly sponsored by our organization, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, the Toronto Central Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 353.

These bursaries are available at, and administered by, the following publicly-funded Ontario colleges and universities:

  • Brock University;
  • Laurentian University; and
  • McMaster University.

The university bursaries are offered based on the following criteria:

  • Full-time or part-time student in a post-secondary, labour studies undergraduate degree program;
  • Have completed one full year of study;
  • Attained a minimum B average in their studies;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership in the social justice movement.

For details contact each institution directly.

No portion of government grants from employer assessments or WHSC revenue generation support this important awareness initiative.

All student scholarships and bursaries are financed solely through funds raised at The Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser. WHSC facilitates this fundraising event to fund this post-secondary education support and the important work of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.