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Sep
29

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…

Jul
4

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…

Aug
4

The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing

OFL Statement August 4, 2016 Abdirahman Abdi’s Death Cannot Be In Vain The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is disheartened and outraged at the death of a defenseless black man after a violent confrontation with police, in Ottawa, and calls on…

May
11

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…

May
3

OFL Letter to Premier Wynne and Minister MacCharles, RE: Ontario Autism Program

On March 29, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Tracey MacCharles, announced the Wynne Government’s new Ontario Autism Program, which proposed to reduce wait times for intensive therapy by drastically cutting eligibility for these vital interventions. Under the new regime, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) will be limited to children between the ages of 2 and…

Apr
25

Letter to Government of Canada: Call for an Asbestos Ban

On March 31, 2016, the OFL sent letters to the Federal Minister of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and the Minister of Science to call for a national ban on all asbestos products. To download PDF versions of the letters, click on Min. Mihychuk or Min. Duncan. March 31, 2016 The Honourable MaryAnn…

Mar
3

OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 3, 2016 Women Can’t Wait 100 Years to End Wage Discrimination OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016 Based on the current rate of progress, it will take over 100 years before women earn the same wages as men. In Ontario today, even though women now account…

Jan
20

OFL Drafts Plan to End the Gender Wage Gap

The OFL joined with anti-poverty groups and other pay equity advocates to echo the call of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition’s 2008 Framework for Action. The OFL made a submission to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy to call on the government to commit to a plan that would close Ontario’s 31.5% gender pay gap…

Dec
3

OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2015 No One With a Disability Should Be Made to Feel Invisible OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population…

Apr
15

ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2015 ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement   (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organizers of the Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly are anticipating over 500 people to participate in the two-day conference this weekend in Toronto. Topping the roster of impressive…

Dec
8

Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2014 Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice (TORONTO, ON) – More workers were killed at work in 2013 than in any of the previous five years, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), bringing…

Dec
3

Statement: 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2014  1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2014 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and it…

Aug
9

OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2013 OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds yesterday’s announcement from Ontario Ombudsman André Marin that his office will be conducting an extensive probe into police guidelines in the wake of the fatal shooting of Toronto teen…

Dec
7

OFL Statement for December 10, 2012 International Human Rights Day

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2012 Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth OFL Statement for December 10, 2012 International Human Rights Day This year, as the global community recognizes December 10 as International Human Rights Day, many Canadians struggle with a vanishing sense of pride in Canada’s once renowned reputation as a leader…

Dec
3

OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2012 Ontarians with Disabilities Hit the Hardest by Government Cuts: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and a quarter of…

Nov
7

DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE AGENDA: OFL Equity Conference (Nov. 9-11, 2012)

The Ontario Federation of Labour will be hosting an Equity Conference from November 9 to 11 under the theme: “We Are Ontario: Putting Equity Before Austerity.” The event will be opened up to members who belong to the OFL’s many equity-seeking constituencies. Community groups will also be invited to add their voices and experiences to…

Aug
30

Ontario Common Front report puts inequality in the news

Yesterday the Ontario Common Front hit the provincial scene in a big way with the launch of a report on Ontario’s growing inequality that dominated the media and put a spotlight on the harsh impact of cuts to jobs and services. Download a full copy of “Falling Behind” Download quick reference fact sheets The report…