Union membership on the risePrivate sector service workers main area of union growthBy Lorna Harris01/29/2007|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2007 There were about 60,000 more unionized workers in Canada as of Jan. 1, 2006, compared to the year before, according to Statistic Canada’s annual survey on union membership. This represents about 30.8 per cent of the total number of workers in non-agricultural paid employment (or 25.6 per cent of the total civilian labour force).This figure is a slight increase over the 30.7 per cent (or 25.5 per cent of the total civilian workforce) reported for 2005. About 20 per cent of employees in the private sector belong to a union as compared to close to 80 per cent in the public sphere.Statistics Canada has conducted an annual survey on union membership — also known as union density — as far back as 1990 by compiling data provided by unions and labour organizations. Since then, the highest ratio of union membership among non-agricultural workers was 36.1 per cent, reached in 1994, while the highest ratio of union membership in the civilian labour force as a whole was 28.7 per cent, as reported for 1990. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.