Canada experiencing less labour disruption: StatsCan

But we’re still far behind internationally.
By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/06/2001

Industrial disputes are on the decline, but Canada still has one of the highest rates of work stoppages due to lockouts and strikes in the world.

A recent report by Statistics Canada shows that over the last 20 years there have been significantly fewer workdays lost to labour disputes and a significant drop in the number of labour disputes overall. According to the report, the average annual number of work stoppages due to strikes and lockouts in the 1980s (754) was almost double that of the 1990s (394). In terms of workdays lost, there were 5.5 million annually in the 1980s, compared to 2.6 million in the 1990s.

There were 90 strikes and lockouts during the first five months of 2001, compared to 207 at the same time last year. However, in the same period this year, there were 855,000 workdays lost, compared to 827,000 the same time last year.