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Workplace and Labour Studies

Improve work to make our world a better place and explore how business and labour organizations fit into the larger economy and society.


Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to resolve conflict at work. Build and manage work relationships. Influence government policy.

As a workplace and labour studies student, you will learn to improve the working world through teaching, research, and community outreach.

Partner with workplaces, the labour movement, and community organizations to conduct local research, and engage in public policy debates. Study issues such as low-wage work, disability rights, and equity. Gain valuable real-world experience with 300 hours of 3rd and 4th-year work placements in the local community.

In Workplace and Labour Studies, students are prepared for careers that improve work and strengthen communities. It offers undergraduate degrees as well as career-long learning for professionals that are both practical and applied.

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Key Features

Faculty members include working professionals, experts and practitioners from the Greater Sudbury community and beyond
Third and fourth year work placements (practicums) offer students a combined 300 hours of real-world work experiences, and provides graduates with a variety of placement opportunities that open pathways to future careers.
High post-graduate employment rate/high graduate school rate - small class sizes and engaged faculty train students for employment and further law school or graduate school education

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Human resources and business management
  • Labour law
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Labour arbitration and mediation
  • In a union as a researcher or organizer.

Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector.

Lisa Schutt

The Workplace and Labour Studies program takes a pragmatic approach to exploring the realities of the workplace and labour from a political, cultural, and sociological perspective. Graduates of this program enter the workforce with a foundational knowledge of the inner workings of our Canadian workplaces.

I truly enjoyed the Workplace and Labour Studies program. Generally, class sizes were small and there was plenty of opportunity for discussion around current social issues relating to labour. The professors are extremely knowledgeable but also passionate about the Labour Movement and are always engaging.

This program is one of the few university programs to have a placement component which was essential in obtaining real world skills. My 3rd year placement was with the Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Center. Here, my enthusiasm for workplace rights flourished. My 4th year placement was with the Centre for Research on Occupational Safety & Health where I studied mental health and return to work after an injury or illness. This placement led to the pursuit of a Master’s degree.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to improve the health, safety, and wellness of working people.

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