Founded in 1980 and now a registered non-profit charitable organization, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. They have a National Office in Ottawa, and provincial offices in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Their monthly magazine, The Monitor, is packed with facts and analysis that helps debunk myths about Canada’s economy. The BC Office works with a team of over 60 staff and volunteer researchers to investigate major problems in their province—the high rate of poverty, the extreme concentration of wealth, the serious environmental challenges.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) was established in 1992. The union’s 130,000 members spread across several key sectors of Canada’s economy, including forestry, energy, telecommunications and media. Some of these workplaces include the pulp and paper mills, telephone companies, the oil, gas, chemical and mining industries. CEP’s main activities include negotiating better wages, benefits and working conditions, protecting jobs, achieving equality, grievance representation, union education, organizing new members, political action, strengthening national and international ties and lobbying at various levels of government to change and improve unfair policies and programs.
Registered as a charitable organization and established in 2000, the Clean Air Partnership’s (CAP) mission is to work with partners to achieve clean air, facilitate the exchange of ideas, advance change and promote and coordinate implementation of actions that improve local air quality. CAP works closely with local communities and others who share the common goal of healthy sustainable cities. To achieve such results CAP employs a range of tools including research, mapping, policy initiatives, market solutions, and public education. CAP works closely with local communities and others who share the common goal of healthy sustainable cities.
The Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress (CSTEC) has been providing innovative and cost-effective training services for over 20 years. While it has developed much of its experience and expertise by helping the Canadian steel industry and its workers meet their evolving challenges over the years, CSTEC has worked with a wide range of industries both in Canada and abroad. CSTEC currently offers a range of services, including apprenticeship programs, essential skills services, training services, career awareness services and youth employment.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has 54,000 members who work in large and small communities. Members belonging to CUPW elect their own representatives. A majority of members work for Canada Post as rural and suburban mail carriers, letter carriers, mail service couriers, postal clerks, mail handlers, mail despatchers, technicians, mechanics, electricians and electronic technicians. CUPW also represents cleaners, couriers, drivers, vehicle mechanics, warehouse workers, mail house workers, emergency medical dispatchers, bicycle couriers and other workers in more than 15 private sector bargaining units.
Environmental Defence helps foster change by connecting people with environmental issues that affect their daily lives in their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods. They led the charge to banning harmful chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) a hormone –disrupting chemical that was found in plastic baby bottles. Now they are working to remove BPA from all food and beverage containers. Their work also helped create the 1.8 million acre greenbelt in Ontario. The Greenbelt, now five years old, protects farmland, rivers and streams and environmentally-sensitive areas from urban development. They also worked with the Green Energy Act Alliance to get the groundbreaking Green Energy Act passed in Ontario.
The Forest Products Sector Council (FPSC) creates and markets a wide range of resources designed to build consensus and address the substantive human resources development and transition issues facing the forest products industry, its employees and employers. FPSC is a working partnership between forest products industry employers, unions, Aboriginal peoples, and education and training institutions. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers providing more than 300,000 direct jobs and an additional 600,000 jobs across the country. While based in both rural and urban Canada, more than 300 communities rely on the forest products industry as their primary employer.
Founded in 1991 by a diverse group of youth, educators, business leaders, government and community members, Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is a non-profit Canadian organization that was created to integrate sustainability education into Canada’s education system. LSF’s mission is to promote, through education, the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and practices essential to a sustainable future. LSF’s goal is to work together with educators, students, parents, government, community members and business leaders to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into education policy, school curricula, teacher education, and lifelong learning across Canada.
The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) mission is to generate and promote sustainable development solutionsto advance Canada’s national environmental and economic interests simultaneously,through the development of innovative policy research and advice. The NRTEE brings together a group of distinguished sustainability leaders active in businesses, universities, environmental groups, labour, public policy, and Aboriginal communities across Canada. Members are appointed by the federal government for a mandate of up to three years. Recent work has focused on issues relating to: Climate, Energy, Water, Biodiversity and Governance.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component unions consisting of 340,000 members who work to deliver public services to the citizens of their home provinces. As a national union they monitor provincial and federal labour laws and developments, analyse restructuring of social programs and public services, report on and contribute to legislation affecting the workplace, give its members a national presence through participation in the Canadian Labour Congress and internationally through Public Services International, develop and share successful bargaining strategies with its component unions, contribute to a national framework of services and solidarity to benefit all Canadian workers.
The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) focuses on specific areas of research such as energy, the environment, health, regulation and engineering talent. OCEPP also actively reaches out to members of the engineer profession, academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest. OCEPP has four key areas of activity including hosting an annual engineering and public policy conference and quarterly Policy Engagement Series presentations; publishing articles in the Policy Engagementsection of Engineering Dimensions building collaborations throughout the engineering profession; and creating linkages to university programs covering engineering and public policy.
Prism specializes in labour market, human resources management and policy analysis. Their methodologies include: qualitative and quantitative economics (including cost-benefit, socio-economic and econometric analysis); social research (including telephone, pencil and paper, Internet surveys, focus groups, facilitated meetings, Delphi and other techniques); strategic planning; and market analysis. Clients include specific industries and occupations, governments and related institutions, labour unions, private business, union-management groups, and related associations and councils. They have worked with federal, provincial (in all provinces and territories) governments and with American and international clients.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) vision is to build awareness and appreciation of the contribution of architecture to the physical well-being and cultural development of Canada. Their mission is to affirm that architecture matters, to celebrate the richness and diversity of architecture in Canada and, to support architects in achieving excellence. The RAIC acts as a ‘rassembleur’ and all RAIC staff and programs operate to create and maintain a common ground for architecture students, intern architects, architects in practice, retired architects and professional organizations in Canada.
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada represents over 25,000 workers throughout Ontario. Although most of their members work in the retail food industry its members span into various other sectors including warehousing, distribution, trucking, food processing, pharmaceuticals, fur, leather and education.
Currently, the United Steelworkers of Canada consists of 1.2 million active and retired members. They strive to attain a better life for all workers in union halls, at the work place, in the courts and in legislatures. Their community expands globally. They comprise of steelworkers, miners, pharmaceutical workers, nurses and nurses’ aides, rubber workers who make your tires; metal workers who make the materials that go into buildings, homes, automobiles, planes and roads amongst other professions.
Established through a merger on July 8, 2004 Unite-Here now represents 50,000 workers across Canada and more than 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries. UNITE HERE has a history of improving working conditions, wages, and benefits across Canada and the US through successful organizing. The union is known throughout the labour movement for innovative and effective campaigns utilizing corporate campaign strategies and impressive grassroots mobilization of workers and community allies. UNITE HERE traces its history back over one hundred years in North America and boasts a diverse membership.
The Council’s mandate is to plan, develop and implement human resources strategies that support the long-term growth and competitiveness of Canada’s advanced wood products manufacturing industry and meet the developmental needs of its workforce. The Council identifies and examines the necessary skills and knowledge required to respond to changing industry needs. The Council also develops an overall strategic plan to address key issues such as the shortage of skilled workers and the need for national standards for worker competencies.