What the 2012 Federal Budget did to Employment Insurance

Fewer than 40% of the 1.4 million unemployed workers in Canada today are receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, a record low. The improved regular and training benefits that the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) fought for during the recession h… Read More

Budget 2012 — What Does it Mean for Women’s Economic Equality?

Budgets are about choices, prioritizing one spending item over another.  Funding tax cuts rather than public services, or flashy F-35s rather than social programs. The rather neutral language of budgeting can mask decidedly unbalanced effects of budgetary … Read More

CLC requests urgent meeting with Minister over changes to EI and Temporary Foreign Workers Program

The Honourable Diane FinleyMinister of Human Resources andSkills Development Canada Dear Minister Finley: I am writing to request an urgent meeting with you regarding your recent announcements outlining major changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker P… Read More

Women's Rights are not up for debate! Petition on M-312

On April 26, Members of Parliament will begin debating Motion M-312, which calls for a Parliamentary Committee to examine whether the Criminal Code definition of "human being" should be expanded to include fetuses. This threatens to allow, through the back … Read More

How Well is Public Health Care Protected from Canada-EU Free Trade?

Background Canada and the European Union (EU) are close to concluding a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Recently, Canada’s first offers to the European Union on Services and Investment were leaked to the public by the Quebec Network on… Read More

Today Solidarity is Pink.

April 11, 2012 is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities.   Celebrate diversity and raise awareness to end bullying by downloading your very own D.I.Y Day of Pink Solidarity decal … Read More

This Budget, Old People Be Damned

As published on, March 31, 2012 My grandfather Mike Georgetti worked at a manual job until he could work no more and then, worn out, he retired without a pension. He had four kids and he and my grandmother had to rely on them to sup… Read More

CLC Analysis of the 2012 Federal Budget

Introduction Budgets are all about choices. With unemployment and underemployment still at very high levels and a shrinking middle-class, the federal government could and should have laid the basis for a sustained and broadly shared economic recovery… Read More

Budget Watch 2013 Quiz

The 2012 federal budget is the first budget delivered by the Conservative government since the May 2011 federal election where they received a majority of seats. Test your recollection of their campaign promises before the election against what they deliver… Read More

CLC voices its opposition to Bill C-31: the government's attack on refugees.

March 27, 2012 The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Kenney, The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is gravely concerned wi… Read More