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The OFL stands with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and solidarity protests across Canada

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) affirms its solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, as they steadfastly defend their territories, and with those who are actively supporting Indigenous sovereignty through protests and blockades across Ontario and Canada. The recent arrests of land defenders is yet another shameful example of Canada’s failure to implement…


Ryerson University decision an assault on democracy, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the ill-conceived and short-sighted decision of Ryerson University to terminate its operating agreement with the Ryerson Students Union (RSU). The RSU has been instrumental in fighting for student autonomy and student-led change on campus for 72 years. “This is an attack on student union autonomy and the right for…


Coalition of Ontario unions to launch Charter challenge, vowing to defend the rights of all Ontarians with aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124

(TORONTO, ON) – Today, ten Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 thousand affected broader public sector employees, announced their intention to launch a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. As well, the Ontario Labour movement, with the Power of Many, will be initiating an aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124. The joint Charter challenge announced today is being…


BREAKING: Premier Ford’s office occupied indefinitely to demand immediate action to prevent workplace deaths

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2019 – Community and labour leaders began an indefinite occupation of Premier Doug Ford’s constituency office at 823 Albion Road in Etobicoke today, demanding his signature on Section 83(4) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) to prevent further workplace deaths in Ontario. To ensure that companies using temp agency workers are held financially…


Safeguarding our education system: OFL statement on education workers’ legal job action

The OFL stands in solidarity with the more than 55,000 members of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) taking legal job action today, in order to secure the education services and resources that students in Ontario need.  “Students in this province deserve properly funded education services, not government cuts that are tearing the public education…


Stop the Cuts: Access to Justice for All

The Ontario Government’s April 11th budget reduced provincial funding for legal aid by 35 per cent. As a result, on June 12th Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) cut the clinic system’s budget by almost $15M. This means that 20 clinics will deal with budget decreases of between 6 and 45 per cent, while other clinics face…


OFL/AIL Canada Scholarship 2019

Dear OFL Members, The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,500…


OFL statement on protecting water in Six Nations territories

(ABERFOYLE, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour stands in support of Six Nations, their continuing legal struggle, and their current legal action against Nestlé’s continued pumping and bottling of waters in Six Nations territories. Canada is home to 60 per cent of the world’s lakes and one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. The importance…


Find your 2019 local PRIDE events

PRIDE events throughout Ontario begin in May and run through the summer.Find events near you, or check the OFL events calendar. Please note: The dates were accurate at the time of publishing. Members are encouraged to check the individual websites prior to attending any of the Pride events. Updated: June 7, 2019 MAY Elliot Lake PrideMay…


Cuts and changes to education will disadvantage Ontario students, says Ontario Federation of Labour

(TORONTO, ON) – The government’s proposed education funding cuts and changes to class sizes and curriculum will compromise learning for students across the province, while violating collective agreements, says OFL. “Increasing class sizes at any grade level means fewer educators to provide individual learning, compromising the quality of education for Ontario’s next generation,” said Ontario…


This International Women’s Day, let’s demand an end to violence against women

Government must take steps to ensure violence against women and girls ends, says OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates in an op-ed at Every two-and-a-half days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Statistics show that, overwhelmingly, it is men who are responsible for that killing. Ninety-five per cent of spousal homicide victims…


Ontario Federation of Labour Solidarity & Pride Champion Award

Download the nomination form here. This annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) human rights, equity and inclusion, who are leaders in advancing equality and quality of life for 2SLGBTQI+…