A steel worker in full safety gear working in front of a blast furnace.

The USW will be gathering Steel sector local union leaders, workplace representatives and staff together from across Canada for the next edition of the Stand up for Steel Conference, taking place in Ottawa from June 3 to 4.

For many years, the union pushed for four key demands:

1. Ensure unions have the right to initiate trade cases
2. Expand the definition of ‘material injury’ in trade cases
3. Establish a carbon border adjustment on imported steel
4. Demand the use of Canadian-made steel in infrastructure projects

Thanks to the efforts of the union – including numerous local union leaders who brought forward the stories of members at trade hearings, together we were successful in April 2022 in winning both the right to initiate trade cases and an expansion of the definition of “material injury” in trade cases. This now includes harm to job security, impact on collective bargaining outcomes and on the broader community.

Now it is time to focus in on these next two demands that will bolster the use of Canadian-made steel, which is among the cleanest in the world: establish a carbon border adjustment to help mitigate the prevalence of “leakage” from low cost, pollution-heavy jurisdictions and securing the use of Canadian-made steel in infrastructure projects.

Conference highlights:

Steel sector industry and trade updates
Local union reports
Lobby training and lobby day
Sustainable steel jobs for the future
Evening reception

Interpretation will be provided for the plenary sessions.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown, located at 361 Queen Street in Ottawa. The USW room rate is $219.

Please note, if there are no rooms available at the Hilton Garden Inn, alternative accommodations are available at Les Suites.

Click here to book your room from June 2 to 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Ottawa.

Click here to book your room from June 2 to 5 at Les Suites. Group code: 79897

We are looking forward to an exciting conference!



Please note there is no registration fee. Please fill out the USW registration form.

For assistance, please contact: Tarah Lemours at tlemours@usw.ca or call 613-731-6315.

Hotel and travel:
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Ottawa
361 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 0C7

All reservations must be made before May 3, 2024 to take advantage of the USW room rate.

Complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms.
The above rates are quoted for single/double occupancy. Additional $15.00 per person per room per night.
The room rate is quoted in CAD, and subject to applicable taxes, currently 5% MAT & 13% HST.
Check-in: 4 p.m. Check-out: 12 p.m.
All taxes, fees and assessments are subject to change without notice.
Underground parking is available at additional cost. Maximum 1.79 meters (5’9”) clearance.

Book your room here or call: 1-800-445-8667

Les Suites
130 Besserer Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M9

  • Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet.
  • The room rates are quoted for single occupancy.
  • The room rate is quoted in CAD and subject to applicable taxes. Additional $25 per person per room per night.
  • Parking if required is an additional $33.00CAN/day (plus applicable tax) with unlimited in/out access.

Book your room here or call Reservations at (613) 232-2000. PLEASE QUOTE GROUP ID CODE: 79897.
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