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Make Mental Health and Well-Being a Top Priority in Canada

The COVID pandemic has clearly illustrated how broken Canada’s mental health care system is. After two years of social and economic disruption, people of all ages are struggling with depression, stress and anxiety at unimaginable levels. Each of us are trying our best to cope with loneliness, loss and grief.

Yet there are tens of thousands of Canadians on waiting lists to receive mental health treatment, and tens of thousands more who can’t afford it in the first place. The personal and economic costs of mental illness and depression on our society are enormous.

It’s time to put mental health care at the top of the agenda. Canada needs a publicly administered, universal mental health care system that is accessible to all. Adding mental health to Canada’s Medicare system will provide vitally important mental health supports and treatment to all Canadians and guarantee everyone can lead a happy and healthy life.

Send a strong message to the government now

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Solidarity is a Global Thing

John Hanrahan Reports from Istanbul, Turkey CCU Vice President John Hanrahan participated in LabourStart’s second annual global solidarity conference. On the agenda were issues including social networking, online campaigning, labour law reform and others that […]

The Meaning of Labour Day

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett “Unions have outlived their usefulness.” We’ve all heard this line before. Labour unions are old-fashioned, outdated and a relic of a bygone era. Type the phrase “unions have outlived […]

We Didn’t Cause This Economic Crisis

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett They say that difficult economic times breed class resentment. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong class that usually gets targeted. We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how labour unions, and […]

Taking a Stand Against the Conservative Omnibus Bill

By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett Citizens throughout Canada are outraged by Stephen Harper and the Conservative government’s implementation of the 425-page omnibus budget legislation, bill C-38. With little time for parliamentary debate, the bill […]




Calendar of Events

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2SLGBTQ* Pride Month
2SLGBTQ* Pride Month
Jun 1 all-day
2SLGBTQ* Pride Month
June is 2SLGBTQ* Pride Month, and the CCU has created two new postcards that you can print or share online. The Confederation of Canadian Unions supports the rights of the 2SLGBTQ* community in Canada and...
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World Day Against Child Labour
World Day Against Child Labour
Jun 12 all-day
World Day Against Child Labour
152 million children are still in child labour today. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture. On this World Day Against Child...
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Juneteenth Freedom Day
Juneteenth Freedom Day
Jun 19 all-day
Juneteenth Freedom Day
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came...
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National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all-day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
The Confederation of Canadian Unions celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day, which recognizes the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples,...
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Documentary - 47 minutes

The 47-minute documentary, called The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada, illustrates the CCU's dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, its newfound working relationship with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and its commitment to growth and renewal. The documentary also focuses on the struggles of labour activists inside the CCU, its proud history, its work with social justice activists in Canada and around the globe, and the new economic challenges of wage stagnation and growing inequality.
The documentary will be submitted to over 50 film and documentary festivals in Canada and around the world in 2014 and 2015, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Hot Docs Festival. Be sure to watch the documentary in full screen and High Definition. Click on the little wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to the left of the YouTube icon, and then press 1080p HD. For full screen, simply press the little square to the right of the YouTube icon. Director and Editor: Sean Cain Executive Producer: Joanie Cameron Pritchett