Highlights/labour

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada history: May 15, 1919 – The labour dispute that shook Canada

Winnipeg General Strike For thousands of soldiers who had risked life and limb for their country during the First World War, the return to civilian life was frustrating. Finding a job was difficult with many factories now closed, bankruptcies common,» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Immigrants crucial for Canada’s economic growth: think-tank

A pro-business think tank has issued a report showing that if Canada were to shut its doors to immigrants completely, its labour force and economic growth would shrink significantly. Canada is unlikely to stop immigration, but a senior researcher with» 

Society

Human trafficking survivors tell their stories

The Canadian government has launched cross-country hearings into the exploitation of people for sex work, forced labour and domestic slavery. The government agency, Statistics Canada found that between 2009 and 2014, there were 396 victims of human trafficking reported to» 

Health, Society

Pushing Canada towards national universal pharma-care

Canada has a long-established national universal health care plan which has benefitted generations of citizens. However, while it covers almost all aspects of health care, it does not cover the cost of prescription drugs. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recently» 

Economy, Society

David vs Goliath: anger grows over business vs low wage employees

Ontario minimum wage increase: Protests grow over business cutting employee benefits Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, has raised the minimum wage paid to workers to $14/hour as of January 1, an increase of $2.40 over the previous minimum hourly wage» 

Health, International

Work by child brides must count as child labour, says group

There are several ways that international organizations fight against the illegal marriages of underage girls, but one group wants the International Labour Organization (ILO) to join in. AIDS-Free World is calling on the ILO to count the work done in» 

Economy, International

Unions want better worker protection in trade deal

Unions in Canada want current trade negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico to result in the creation of a mechanism to enforce the minimum labour standards agreed to by all three countries.  Talks have begun on the renegotiation of the» 

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

50 years success for foreign workers and for Canada

It’s a fairly unique programme now approaching its 50th year. It’s called the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Formed by a coalition of farmers, it is run by a non-profit group with a mere handful of staff called the Foreign» 

Economy, Society

Largest labour union launches ‘fairness’ videos

Today is Labour Day and a holiday in Canada, and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has posted videos to showcase “the ways unions are improving the day-to-day lives of all Canadians.” The videos focus on improving work, winning stronger public» 

Economy, International, Society

Canada signs global treaty to reduce child labour

Canada has ratified an international agreement to reduce child labour around the world. The International Labour Organization’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973, requires participating countries to ban employment of children under 15 years old. It also prohibits hazardous work for those»