Introduction to Contract Language and Interpretation


During this workshop, participants will learn contract language and interpretation basics including an understanding of the five steps to contract interpretation and how to apply them in different workplace situations. Attending participants will receive a toolkit to assist with key terms, concepts, principles, and additional resources.


Participants will learn the basics of contract language and the concepts of interpretation.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key terms and principles for contract interpretation.
  • Explain and apply the meaning and purpose behind each of the Five Steps to Contract Interpretation:
    • Language
    • Bargaining History
    • Past Practice
    • Law
    • Analysis and Summary
  • Demonstrate how to approach and navigate contract interpretation situations that come up in day-to-day work.

Cohort #1

Format: In-Person

Date: 2024 dates TBD

Location: PSEA Office, 3rd floor, 2889 East 12th Ave, Vancouver

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PST

Lunch: Provided

Cost: Included in PSEA Membership

Facilitator(s): TBD

Cohort #2

Format: Online

Date: TBD

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am PST

Cost: Included in PSEA Membership

Facilitator(s): TBD

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