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 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).