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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…


Violence and harassment in the workplace must be stopped

Too often, workers face dangers at work: from temp workers killed or injured on factory lines, to workers exposed to harmful chemicals, to violence and harassment on the job and domestic violence, which too often goes unrecognized as a workplace hazard. Sadly, too many employers ignore regulations that protect their employees. Tragic worker deaths and…


Support for Workers’ Comp is a Right Campaign

Download the letter from Chris Buckley here. Download the OFL’s Workers’ Compensation Lobby Kit here. Download the Package for Allies here.  At the OFL convention in November, delegates voted unanimously to endorse the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) Workers’ Comp is a Right campaign. It’s a province-wide campaign, with participating injured worker groups…


OFL Statement: Ontario Court of Appeal decision – Metron Construction

(TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley commended yesterday’s appeal decision for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson, calling it a confirmation of a historic decision that sends a strong message to every employer in the province. In January of 2016, Ontario Court Judge, the Honourable Ian MacDonnell, sentenced Kazenelson to…


It’s time for the WSIB to treat workers suffering from mental stress fairly, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – As Canadians continue to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is deeply disappointed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) policy decision to use “predominate cause” for mental stress claims rather than the “significant contribution” test. “This decision appears to be in direct contravention of the…


OFL and Prevention Link Proudly Support Mental Illness Awareness Week

This October 1-7, we recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week across Canada and rise in solidarity with our many Ontario sisters and brothers who live with the debilitating reality of mental illness every day. In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health challenges, with the stigma associated with…


Economists support $15 minimum wage in Ontario

We, the undersigned economists, support the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the…


OFL Letter to Ministers – Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Asbestos

June 2, 2017 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change Environment and Climate Change Canada The Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Judy Foote Minister of Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement Canada…


OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job are gathering at ceremonies across Ontario to commemorate the labour movement’s most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. They are hearing speakers repeat our motto: “Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living” On this day, we…


Ontario Workers and advocates welcome changes to WSIB drug policy

(Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour applauds the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s move to make its drug formulary policies accessible to injured workers in Ontario. Far too many injured workers were kept in the dark when it came to which medications the WSIB would cover to assist them in their recovery. Monday’s announcement that…


Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out (BRAMPTON, ON) ─ Two workplace fatalities at separate sites in Brampton put a pall on workers and family members across Ontario. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling…


Read the First Issue of the Re-Named “OFL Action Report”

Download the first issue of the re-named “OFL Action Report” LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, At our November 2015 Convention, the delegates of the Ontario Federation of Labour elected a new leadership team to pull Ontario’s labour movement together in unprecedented unity and solidarity. The timing couldn’t have been more critical. The…


OFL Pre-Budget Submission Calls for the Ontario We Want

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is the voice of Ontario at work. With 54 affiliated unions representing working people from across the province, from all social, economic, and ethnic groups, over half of whom are women, we campaign for equity and equality for every Ontarian. Together, we have the power to make real and…