Canadian Labour Congress
|Canadian Labour Congress|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|The central labour body in English Canada to which most Canadian labour unions are affiliated.|
With nearly 3.3 million members, it is the largest labor union in Canada. The Congress federates the largest pan-Canadian unions with 12 provincial and territorial federations and 137 labor councils. It performs a function similar to that of the AFL-CIO in the United States.
The CLC was founded on April 23, 1956, through a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada (TLC) and the Canadian Congress of Labour (CCL), the two major labour congresses in Canada at the time. The CMTC represented workers in the same trade while the CCT represented all employees within the same workplace.
In 1961, the Canadian Labor Congress created structural links with the Social Democratic Party of Canada ( CFC). From this union, the current New Democratic Party was born. The CLC still maintains ties of affiliation with the NPD and enjoys a special representation within the party. The CLC's national headquarters is in Ottawa, Ontario. Hassan Yussuff has been the President of the CLC since May 2014. The CLC is a member of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).