The Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre is an organization of workers, students and community volunteers committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment.
SWEAC will deliver support and education on workers rights, provide community spaces for workers to share and learn together, and ensure that all workers have a voice and are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.
SWEAC was started by a dedicated group of volunteers and workers who were concerned about the inequalities that precarious and low-wage workers were facing in Sudbury. The Centre was first incorporated as a non-profit organization in August 2013 and received starter funds from the United Way.
In the summer of 2014 SWEAC was able to secure some funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and hired a full-time Executive Director in September. Since then the Centre has launched itself into the community with its Open House in December, and is helping more and more workers. In January 2015, SWEAC secured another grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario and hired an Outreach Worker to make connections in the outlying areas of Sudbury. SWEAC continues to grow to better serve Greater Sudbury and surrounding area.