Founding Member

Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy. Unifor brings a modern approach to unionism: adopting new tools, involving and engaging our members, and always looking for new ways to develop the role and approach of our union to meet the demands of the 21st century. Every person of working age in Canada has a right to a good job and the benefits of economic progress. Unifor strives to protect the economic rights of our members and every member of the workforce (employed or unemployed). We are committed to building the strongest and most effective union to bargain on behalf of our members, working with our members to improve their rights in the workplace, and extending the benefits of unions to non-unionized workers and other interested Canadians. Unifor was officially formed on August 31, 2013, at a Founding Convention in Toronto, Ontario. It marked the coming together of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) – two of Canada’s largest and most influential labour unions. The birth of Unifor represented a sign of hope for the Canadian labour movement, and working people more generally.

Company Facts

Unifor is the certified collective bargaining agent for workers in thousands of workplaces, but also provides an opportunity for all workers – even those without collective bargaining rights – to hold union membership, through its community chapters program.

There are 750 local unions operating under the Unifor banner, of all different shapes and sizes. Some Unifor local unions have membership that span the country, from coast to coast to coast. Others are firmly rooted in the fabric of single-industry communities.



Barry Kennedy
National Representative

Bruce Snow
National Rail Director