Labour rights are Human rights

About Us


The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) is a national voice devoted to promoting labour rights as an important means to strengthening democracy, equality and economic justice here in Canada and internationally. It was founded in May 2010.

The key objectives the Foundation has established for itself are:

  • Create greater public awareness and understanding of labour rights as a key critical component of human rights;
  • Build effective political momentum and public support for progressive labour law reform;
  • Promote fundamental labour standards in Canada that enhance union organizing including, but not limited to, the right of all workers to belong to a union and to engage in collective bargaining and strike action;
  • Provide a critical voice against any future regressive labour law being contemplated or introduced by a government in Canada; and
  • Monitor, provide advice and offer coordination on legal challenges to labour laws with a view to strategically moving labour rights ahead in Canada.

CFLR provides a forum for its members to promote and publish their independent research, policy papers and articles which are consistent with the objectives of the Foundation.

CLFR also promotes its work within the broader labour rights communities – unions and other labour organizations, labour relations programs within Canadian universities and colleges, labour law schools and legal firms and other progressive think tanks.

CFLR is a partner organization of the Canadian Labour Institute for Social and Economic Fairness (CLI). Both CFLR and CLI gratefully acknowledges the support of NUPGE Canada


Board of Directors

Cliff Andstein
Labour Relations Consultant
COA Advice, Ottawa

Paul Cavalluzzo
Senior Partner
Cavalluzzo, Hayes, Shilton, McIntyre & Cornish LLP, Toronto

James Clancy
Canadian Labour Institute for Social and Economic Fairness (CLI)

Judy Fudge
Professor of Law Kent Law School, University of Kent

Steven Barrett
Senior Partner
Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Toronto

Peter Barnacle
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL)

Paul Champ
Senior Partner
Champ and Associates, Ottawa

Chris Roberts
National Director, Social and Economic Policy
Canadian Labour Congress, Ottawa

Marjorie S. Brown
Victory Square Law Office, LLP, Vancouver

Paul Meinema
National President
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada

Heather Smith
Canadian Teachers’ Federation

Fay Faraday
Senior Partner
Faraday Law


Secretariat staff to CFLB Board of Directors

Derek Fudge



Take Action

Draft a resolution

Draft and sponsor a resolution to your Federation of Labour or Labour Council condemning the use of labour laws that restrict or deny the fundamental rights of workers and proposing that progressive labour law reform be a central focus of labour’s political agenda.

Sign the Workers’ Bill of Rights

Since 2006, thousands, including all Federal Leaders of the Opposition, have signed a pledge to uphold workers rights.