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More than 150 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

We are a diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and patients from coast to coast to coast. In November 2019, over 150 of our organizations signed a joint Pharmacare Now Statement calling on all parties to work together to implement universal, public pharmacare within this government’s mandate. We are now calling on your government to make the financial commitments that are needed in this year’s budget to make this program a reality.


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…


African Liberation and Black History Month Legacy series: Gentrification is Environmental Racism

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada and the Ontario Federation of Labour are celebrating African Liberation and Black History Month by launching our second annual Legacies of Labour and Community Activism poster series. The Legacies series honours the historical achievements of African Canadians and features the ongoing contributions of activists in the Black community. Generations of…


Download your Power of Many materials now

There is a lot at stake in Ontario. The government’s regressive policies threaten public services like education and health care, decent work, equality and justice, as well as safe and healthy workplaces and communities. Ontarians are not accepting these sweeping changes to the services we depend on. Together, we bring the Power of Many to…


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 for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2019

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, June 21, recognizes and celebrates the unique and diverse cultures and the ongoing and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.


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…


Job Posting: Regional Campaign Organizers, Part-Time Contract (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15)

The Ontario Federation of Labour is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation, representing approximately one million workers. The OFL is seeking several part-time campaign organizers for specific regions across Ontario to lead local mobilizing and outreach efforts for the Federation’s Power of Many Campaign. Join a small, dynamic team of elected leaders, social justice advocates and…


Ally is a verb: Trans* and Two-Spirit Allyship

Allyship with Trans* and Two-Spirit folks is essential to creating an inclusive and healthy world. To that end, the OFL has created info sheets on being an ally. You can download them at the links below: Trans* Allyship: Being an Out and Proud Trans* Ally Trans* Allyship: Talking About Pronouns Two-Spirit: Tips for Allyship November…


Advocates call Ford government’s 5-hour labour law consultation “a sham”; Communities host “Peoples’ Hearings” on Bill 47  

(TORONTO) – Community and labour groups will hold “Peoples’ Hearings” on November 15 across Ontario, in protest of Ford government’s decision to limit Thursday’s Bill 47 hearing by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to a mere five hours. “The people of Ontario, the same people Premier Ford had promised to govern for,…


Resources for incorporating First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming

On National Indigenous Peoples’ Day the Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Circle launched resources for understanding to better enable unions and labour activists to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming. You can now access the following tools: ·     An Indigenous Solidarity Guideline; ·     Guidelines for Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis…


Open Letter: Doug Ford must be defeated

If you care for Ontario, your families, and your friends, you must vote for the NDP in the upcoming election. The Labour movement has long fought for the rights of workers, whether they are in a union or not. While Doug Ford says that he stands up for ‘the little guy,’ the experience of workers…