Leslie Dyson

  • I heartily agree George. Thanks for your remarks. More power to you.

  • CFU bylaws require a minimum of 20 members for quorum and changes must be approved by 2/3 of the members present.

  • CFU Bylaws

    Most recent versions of the Canadian Freelance Union bylaws 

    Official response from submitted

    The bylaws are in the process of being updated. When this process is complete, they will be available in French and English. 

    Bylaws of the Canadian Freelance Union (2017)
    Règlements du Syndicat canadien des pigistes  (2013)

  • CFU asks members not to cross HTU picket line


    News release
    Jan. 12, 2016


    The Canadian Freelance Union supports the media workers of the Halifax Typographical Union who are locked in a labour dispute.

    The CFU is asking all freelancers and its own members not to accept assignments from the Chronicle Herald in Halifax or submit any content to the newspaper until the workers are back at work with a contract that both sides support.

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  • Petition in Favour of Greater Rights and Protections for Freelancers and Precarious Workers

    GOAL: 99 signatures

    Freelance workers, as independent contractors and as a group of workers in precarious conditions, face great challenges when it comes to legal protection, recognition, compensation and rights over their work.

    The Ontario government is currently undergoing a review of Employment Standards and Ontario Labour Relations Act through the Changing Workplaces Commission.

    The Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) believes that federal legislation such as the Status of the Artist can be used as a blueprint to provide freelance workers with a way to democratically select a bargaining agent in order to bargain collectively for improved standards.

    Unifor, the CFU's umbrella union, has compiled a list of 43 recommendations as part of its submission to the Ontario Changing Workplaces Commission, available here.

    We, the undersigned, petition the Ontario government to implement all recommendations made by Unifor to improve minimum standards for independent contractors and freelance workers, in particular those to:

    Proposal 5(i): The rules found in Part III of the Canada Labour Code regarding just cause should be implemented in Ontario’s labour law, supplemented by recommendations from the Harry Arthurs review for improving the adjudication system, and implemented under the general authority of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

    Proposal 5(ii): The OLRA should be amended to include a new guarantee to protect and shield all employees and all persons who perform work or services for compensation when they engage in collective activities for the purpose of “mutual aid or protection.”

    Proposal  6(i): The Employment  Standards  Act be  amended  to amend  the application of the authority currently residing with the Lieutenant Governor in Council under Part XXVII, (1) 6 of the ESA. This amendment would provide the  same  authority  to  the  Ontario Labour  Relations  Board  to  define  an industry  and  prescribe for that  industry  one or more terms  or  conditions  of employment, that would apply to employers and employees in the industry.

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  • Q: What kind of supports or services do you think the CFU should provide to its members?

    Please rank the statements below in descending order from highest priority to lowest, where a 1 is highest priority by dragging the statements up or down.

    1. Space for meeting and/or co-working outside of the home.
    2. Affordable health and dental plan.
    3. Disability insurance.
    4. Commercial insurance (covering equipment needed for the work).
    5. Online learning resources/conferences/courses.
    6. Legal services/mediation/contract support.
    7. Space for meeting and/or co-working outside of the home.
    8. Copyright protection support.
    9. Establishing standard rate scales.
    10. Enforcing payment punctuality.
    11. Creating model contracts for members to use.
    12. Affiliation or agreements with other organizations (such as non-profits providing equipment rental).
    13. Support filing taxes.
    14. Other

  • Space for meeting and/or co-working outside of the home.
  • Affordable health and dental plan.
  • Disability insurance.
  • Commercial insurance (covering equipment needed for the work).
  • Online learning resources/conferences/courses.
  • Legal services/mediation/contract support.
  • Space for meeting and/or co-working outside of the home.
  • Copyright protection support.
  • Establishing standard rate scales.
  • Enforcing payment punctuality.
  • Creating model contracts for members to use.
  • Affiliation or agreements with other organizations (such as non-profits providing equipment rental).
  • Support filing taxes.
  • Other

  • Join the CFU

    When you are a member of the CFU you become part of an organization of freelancers which together can:

    To be a member of the union, you need to submit yearly membership dues of $125. You can do that in a number of ways:

    • Use the form to the left to pay a full year's dues with your credit card. (We are unable to offer a payment plan at this time.)
    • Send an Interac Money Transfer by email. Put your name and email in the message to: interac [@] canadianfreelanceunion.ca
    • Send a cheque to this address along with your name and email:

    Unifor Canadian Freelance Union
    27331 43rd Ave.
    Aldergrove BC, V4W 1R9



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