Newfoundland and Labrador and the ublic sector have the highest nionization rates

A recent Statistics Canada report shows that 4.2 million employees belonged to a union in Canada during the first half of 2010 – an increase of 64,000 from the same period in 2009. This translates into a national unionization rate of 29.6% of workers.

Among the provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest unionization rate at 37.9% and Alberta the lowest at 22.6%. Ontario checks in at 26.5%. Employees in public sector industries were most likely to be unionized with the public administration (68.5%) and education (67.0%) sectors leading the way.

The report goes on to note that unionized workers are generally paid more than their non‐unionized counterparts, with one study estimating the wage premium to be approximately 7.7%.  

To read the report, please visit: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75‐001‐x/2010110/pdf/11358‐eng.pdf.

Recent Presentations

Members of FMC's Ontario Employment group regularly lead presentations for our clients and at professional events and industry associations. We have recently given the following presentations:

  • Canadian Employment Law 101 for U.S. Legal and HR
  • How to Conduct a Bullet‐Proof Workplace Investigation
  • Hiring, Firing and Retiring: Employment Law in a Nutshell
  • Pardon Me? Police Records Checks, Background Screening and Workplace Violence
  • Health and Safety Due Diligence for Supervisors
  • Accident Response, Legal Duties and Due Diligence ‐ Ontario
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Law, Ethics and Social Media

We would be happy to lead an in‐house training session on these or any other employment law topics for your team. Please feel free to ask any member of our group.