***The post-strike deadline for the Professional Development Fund (applications for conferences/events which took place between January 1 and May 31) is Thursday, August 2***
The Professional Development Fund provides funding to members in all Units to support them in attending and presenting at conferences, and with other professional development expenses.
A total of $125,000 is allocated to this fund for purposes such as assisting new employees (priority to those within first two years of employment) develop professional competence and ability, to assist employees in upgrading professional qualifications, and to help cover some of the expenses associated with presenting at conferences (airfare, hotels and such). The PDF does not cover capital costs such as equipment, software, stationary, and books, but does cover conference funding, professional development such as fees for courses/programmes/workshops.
The PDF has three deadlines per year: Jan. 10, Jun. 10 and Sept. 10. The PDF now accepts online applications: PDF online application.