News - Workers' rights

December 18, 2008
Seven foreign agriculture workers recently fired and evicted by Canada’s largest mushroom producer, Rol-Land Farms, joined members of UFCW Canada, Justicia for Migrant Workers, and academics to speak...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, Ontario
December 5, 2008
Latin American workers who helped build the underground tunnel in Vancouver for the Canada Line have won a human rights tribunal against their employers, SELI Canada Inc. and SNC Lavalin Constructors...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
October 5, 2008
PEI raised its minimum wage from $7.75 to $8.00 but advocates and poverty organizations say that it is still not enough for the basic necessities. A Statistics Canada report says average weekly wages...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Prince Edward Island
September 20, 2008
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Organizing, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 27, 2008
While the BC Liberal government refuses to increase the minimum wage and protect some of the most vulnerable workers, they did decide to give senior government beaurocrats a massive pay raise -- an...
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
June 22, 2008
CCPA has released a study called Cultivating Farmworker Rights: Ending the Exploitation of Immigrant and Migrant Farmworkers in BC. It reveals systematic violations of employment standards and health...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
May 20, 2008
In the last budget, the federal government promised to create a new independent body, the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board to determine EI premium rates from 2009 and on. However,...
Keywords: Unemployment, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
February 13, 2008
The Caledon Institute has released a policy paper, Canadians Need a Medium-Term Sickness/Disability Income Benefit (in PDF) discussing the possibility of a new sickness or disability benefit. The...
Keywords: Disability, Health, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
November 22, 2007
New Brunswick will be increasing the minimum wage to $7.75 and will continue to review the wage at least once a year to bring the wage in line with standards of living. (Read more on CBC, "N.B.'s...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, New Brunswick
November 22, 2007
CUPE has published a short but thorough overview of low wage work in Canada by province and demographic group. Read "Low paid work still widespread in Canada" on the CUPE website.
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
March 28, 2007
CCPA released a report, Bringing Minimum Wages Above the Poverty Line (in PDF) that shows provincial governments have allowed the value of minimum wages to be eaten away by inflation for too long....
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
March 16, 2007
On March 7th, a van carrying farmworkers in BC's Fraser Valley crashed, killing three people. According to an article in the Tyee,"Farm Workers' Deaths: A Tragedy Foretold," farm worker advocates,...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
February 18, 2007
Just about everyone agrees that a minimum wage is not a living wage. A couple of articles make more arguments for increasing the minimum wage. An article on Rabble.ca, "Making the minimum wage a...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
November 3, 2006
The campaign for living wages has gathered momentum with bills sponsored by NDP members in both the federal Parliament and the Ontario legislature to increase the minimum wage to $10/hour. The just-...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
September 17, 2006
Pivot's report, Beyond Decriminalization: Sex Work, Human Rights and a New Framework for Law Reform presents the results of two years of research and in depth discussions with eighty-four sex workers...
Keywords: Human Rights, Legal Research, Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
July 5, 2006
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) June 2006 paper looks at the question of wage supplements. Read the 13 page CCPA report (in PDF.)
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
June 8, 2006
The May 2006 edition of E-Network (in PDF) - a Canadian Policy Research Network publication - contains stories on vulnerable workers, poverty in Canada and a link to their spring newsletter.
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
June 8, 2006
Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is a volunteer driven political non-profit collective comprised of committed activists from diverse walks of life (including labour activists, educators,...
Keywords: Organizing, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
May 6, 2006
The CBC report, "Dying for a job," is the result of three years of research. Journalists with CBC's Investigative Unit navigated freedom of information laws and negotiated for data from workplace...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
May 4, 2006
Quebec's minimum wage increased by 15 cents today. Workers are criticizing this so-called wage "hike" saying that it is not high enough to cover their basic costs of living. See the Montreal Gazette...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Québec
February 14, 2006
A year-long appeal by 76 largely poor and elderly Indo-Canadian Farmworkers began in Tax Court in Vancouver on January 9th. The Farmworkers are appealing rulings by the Canada Revenue Agency that...
Keywords: Unemployment, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
February 8, 2006
Vulnerable workers are those whose participation in the labour market leaves their well-being at risk because of difficulty accessing work that is decently paid and/or that offers conditions of work...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
December 11, 2005
Reductions in employment standards and enforcement amount to willful neglect of province’s most vulnerable workers, says labour economist. Numbers obtained from the BC Ministry of Labour show that...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
October 3, 2005
A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) that surveyed public school students raises concerns that BC’s employment regulations are leaving children and youth without...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
September 3, 2005
In Left Behind: Low-Paid Workers in Canada (in PDF), Ron Saunders, Director of Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN), profiles those who work full-time for less than $10 an hour [full-time students...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
June 30, 2005
Prince Edward Island's government is resisting a move by the opposition to provide legal aid funding for Workers Compensation claims. The opposition is stating that it is unfair to make Workers...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Workers' Rights, Prince Edward Island
May 22, 2005
CBC Ottawa asked three people—a student, a young immigrant father, a single mother of two, all who are part of the working poor—to write an online diary for one week documenting what it is like to...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
July 6, 2004
One of the Canadian Council for Policy Alternatives recommendations to the Manitoba Government Workers Compensation Review Committee would see injured workers receive 100 per cent of their net income...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Manitoba
July 6, 2004
The Ontario Employment Standards Amendment Act (Family Medical Leave) 2004, will provide up to eight weeks of job-protected leave for employees who wish to take time off work to provide care or...
Keywords: Family, Health, Workers' Rights, Ontario
March 19, 2004
From a BC Federation of Labour press release "the plan proposes new legislation to take jurisdiction for worker’s health and safety in the oil and gas sector away from the WCB and transfer it to the...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
January 11, 2004
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is releasing a series of ten technical papers to accompany the 2004 Alternative Federal Budget. "...the overall economic record is more flawed when...
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
November 17, 2003
"Two million adult workers in Canada today [that's one in six workers] earn less than $10 an hour. Barely enough to sustain an individual, let alone a family, or lift them out of poverty." Canadian...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 12, 2003
On October 3, 2003 the Supreme Court of Canada found for the injured worker appellants on the right to benefits for chronic pain. The Court also upheld the right of workers' compensation appeal...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Nova Scotia
June 12, 2003
From the BC Government Press Release: "Bruce also announced changes to the employment standards regulation. Effective tomorrow, farm workers are excluded from hours of work, overtime and statutory...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
May 7, 2003
"Ontario has seen a steady decline in the value of its minimum wage because the rate has been frozen at $6.85 for eight long years. In 1995 it was worth $7.89 in today’s dollars. By 2003 inflation...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
January 17, 2003
Bill 63, Workers Compensation Amendment Act (No. 2), 2002 was introduced recently in the legislature in British Columbia. This bill reduces the levels of review from 3 to 2, creates a new internal...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
January 18, 2002
On July 27, 2001 the British Columbia government established the Administrative Justice Project to conduct a comprehensive review of the province’s administrative justice agencies. The Administrative...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
January 18, 2002
The Ontario Federation of Labour has a new publication (in PDF) From Poverty Wages to a Living Wage that has some good background and information on the minimum wage issue.
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
December 6, 2001
Training wage protestors on the steps of the B.C. Legislature B.C.'s first job training wage of $6 an hour took effect November 15 much to the dismay of the Federation of Labour and the Canadian...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
November 11, 2001
The British Columbia Government is in the process of reviewing all of its core services and systems of administrative justice. A part of this review involves a comprehensive review of the Workers'...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia