Media & Government

Welcome to CLAC’s advocacy page. Here, you can find the information and quick facts about CLAC.

Do you have a work or labour relations question? Let us connect you with one of our many labour relations experts to get the answers you need.


André van Heerden
Communications Director

Our Advocacy

CLAC is not affiliated with any labour federations in Canada. As the country’s largest, national, multi-sector, independent voice for labour, we provide a different union perspective on the issues that matter to workers.

  • We work with governments of all stripes, but we are non-partisan. 
  • We do not support any political parties or candidates. 
  • We do not tell our members how to vote. 

We do meet regularly with government officials to discuss labour and economic matters, and contribute submissions on pending legislation affecting workers. We also attend some political functions to advocate for our members.

CLAC is part of the international labour movement as an affiliated member of the World Organization of Workers.

Our Priorities

CLAC is focused on a number of key issues championed by our members, including: 

  • Investing in skills training and apprenticeships 
  • Raising the minimum wage 
  • Defending workers’ rights
  •  Supporting public services
  •  Engaging Aboriginal communities 
  • Upholding progressive labour laws 
  • Promoting workplace safety

Our Newsroom

Read the latest news and opinion from CLAC.

Better Together

CLAC Truth

Our Expertise

We can help you get the answers you need about current work, labour, and economic concerns. CLAC has extensive labour relations expertise in a wide variety of sectors and provinces.

  •  In Ontario, we are one of the largest unions in long term care, representing over 7,000 healthcare aides, PSWs, RNs and RPNs, and service workers. 
  • In Alberta, we are the largest union representing workers in the oilsands, and we represent over 4,000 retail workers employed by Save-On-Foods. 
  • In BC, thousands of CLAC members built venues and infrastructure for the 2010 Winter Olympics and built the Port Mann Bridge, featured in Popular Mechanics as one of the 25 most impressive megaprojects in the world. CLAC signatory Petrowest Corporation, along with two other companies, recently was awarded the main civil works project contract for the Site C Dam—the largest infrastructure project in BC’s history. 
  • In Saskatchewan, CLAC members built uranium and potash mines and provide support services to the oil and gas industry.

Our Training Leadership

CLAC provides a complete range of safety and skills training that workers need to succeed in today’s workplaces.

  • State-of-the-art welding training facility in our Edmonton Member Centre with 50 booths to train and provide certification for work on large industrial construction projects 
  • Innovative Virtual Classroom Training System in our Langley Member Centre connects workers in up to 15 remote regions simultaneously to deliver real-time training by certified instructors
  • Leader in developing and delivering courses to meet new requirements such as
    • CSTS-09 certification, a general safety awareness program for workers in the construction industry 
    • Ontario’s new Working at Heights requirement for construction workers 
    • WHMIS 2015, the federal legislation amended to align with the Globally Harmonized System for Classifying and Labelling Chemicals (GHS).

Where We Work

  • Construction 
  • Education
  • Emergency services (volunteer firefighters)
  • Entertainment
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Retail
  • Security
  • Social services
  • Transportation and warehousing

CLAC Facts

  • Founded in 1952
  • Largest independent, multi-sector, national union in Canada with over 60,000 members working in a wide range of sectors—construction, education, emergency services, healthcare, retail, service, transportation, manufacturing, and more
  • 15 member centres located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC
  • 25 active, independent, affiliated locals
  • Over 550 current collective agreements successfully negotiated, and over 6,000 since 1952
  • Over 2,000 bargaining unit certificates granted by provincial and federal labour boards

We think differently than other unions.

We work to make your workplace a better place—so that you and your co-workers can grow both as a workplace community and as individuals.

Positive Work Life

We are a modern union. Committed to bringing you the best possible workplace.

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Champions of You

Count on us to always be on your side.

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Everyday Greatness

Better relationships at work create greater work satisfaction.

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