Quebec has highest unionization rate in North America

Canada's national unionization rate is twice that of the U.S., but pales in comparison to some European nations
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

Quebec workers are the most unionized in North America, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

Quebec’s unionization rate stood at 40.4 per cent in 2002, higher than the national level of 32.2. per cent. In the U.S., less than 15 per cent of the workforce is covered by a union contract.

Even though Canada’s unionization rate is more than twice that of the U.S., it still pales in comparison to some European nations. Countries at the high-end include: Iceland, 83.3 per cent; Sweden, 81.9 per cent; Denmark, 81.8 per cent; Finland, 79.3 per cent; and Hungary, 60 per cent.