Equity & Anti-Racism

Fairness matters. Building inclusive unions that embrace those common values is one of the most important tasks we have. 

The Labour Council represents 220,000 women and men who work in every sector of the economy, and has a long history of challenging discrimination and bigotry.

By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen our shared commitment to our union’s shared values of equality, respect, justice and dignity for all.

Read our Editorial in The Toronto Star:


The core belief of unions is in solidarity. We want every one of our members to feel they belong, to appreciate the gains that unions have made for working people, and to have a sense of our common purpose. Download a printable version of the Charter.

Racism on the Front Page - Our Statement 




Yes It Matters

Working together to end systemic racism and create a just Canada for all.

Equity Guide

This workshop outline is meant to be accompanied by the A Leader’s Guide to Strengthen Unions – Moving Beyond Diversity Towards inclusion and Equity.

Challenging Racism + Discrimination

The Labour Movement has a tireless record over many decades of fighting against racism and discrimination in all its forms.

Submission to Anti-Racism Directorate

All equity work points to the need to understand intersectionality of oppression.

The Refugees Next Door

A publication by the Refugee Project that encourages us to challenge some of the negative narratives around refugees, offering an alternate story that refugees are a part of an contribute to our social fabric.

Working Towards Reconciliation

Read "Wet'suwet'en: A wake-up call for Canada"
by Pamela Palmater, published in NOW Magazine Feb. 27, 2020

Wet’suwet’en_blockade.jpgThe Labour Council supports efforts to move toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, in particular the Calls to Action laid out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report. Above all, the TRC's final report encourages us to think of reconciliation as a relationship that requires ongoing attention and respect.

Racial equity is bound up with Canada's reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; and further, that a positive relationship with Indigenous peoples is crucial to achieving climate justice. There are concerns with how federal and provincial governments make decisions about new fossil fuel infrastructure projects, including the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the Teck Frontier oilsands project. Read Labour Council's letter to government MPs urging them to reject Teck and Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan's response to Teck withdrawing its application for Frontier.

Land law in Canada is much more complicated and uncertain than most non-Indigenous Canadians appreciate. The following articles have laid out legal arguments supporting the Wet'suwet'en legal position:



Fighting Islamophobia


Labour Council works with affiliates and community partners, including the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, to build a culture of inclusion and anti-racism in our society. Our senior organizer Mohammed Hashim has dedicated his personal and professional life to ending anti-Islamic hate, and Labour Council is proud to support his ongoing work in this area. Learn more about how Mohammed has made a contribution behind the scenes in these interviews:


Breaking Barriers - Linking Struggles

The video documents the tremendous achievements of labour activists around equity and anti-racism work in Toronto over the last three decades.

United in Fighting Against Anything

After local Dresden businesses refused to comply with the Fair Accommodation Practices Act the same year it was enacted, Ruth Malloy, Bromley Armstrong, and other activists from the Toronto-based Joint Labour Committee for Human Rights conducted sit-ins in Dresden restaurants, testing the owners' non-compliance with the law, and then using that information to urge Premier Frost to eventually press charges against the restaurant owners.

A Small Corner Where Justice is Happening

Terri Monture from the Canadian Media Guild speaks about her involvement in the labour movement.

Asian Heritage: Agents of Change

The Toronto & York Region Labour Council's Secret Service investigates 5 Asian Canadian Agents of Change.


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