Activist Resources

The Canadian Progressive Image LogoThe Canadian Progressive is an activism-oriented political blog.

Relentless action is required to effect progressive change, to make Canada and the world a better place. But action for its sake is not enough. We encourages Canadian and global progressives to create and live a culture of protest. We must never tire of demanding more of the good thing. This page carries the action-oriented resources you need to plan and execute successful campaigns.

Let’s get started:

Engaging politicians and Members of Parliament (MPs): 

Canadian MPs maintain offices in Ottawa and in the ridings they represent. Please note that Canadian MPs are addressed as either The Honourable or The Right Honourable. Usually the term will be indicated beside the MP’s name. Otherwise address the MP as Mr. or Ms.

  • To locate your MP’s contact details if you have their name, please CLICK HERE
  • To find your MP’s contact details using your postal code, please CLICK HERE
  • To find your MP’s contact details if you aren’t sure of their name but know the name of your riding, please CLICK HERE

Engaging Progressive Canadian Organizations And Movements:

This section carries links and brief descriptions of progressive Canadian organizations and movements we hope will empower and connect you with grassroots movers and shackers in Canada and beyond. If your favorite organization isn’t included, please Contact Us with the the organization’s name and URL.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada / Coalition pour le droit à l’avortement au Canada

Our Mission: To ensure women’s reproductive freedom by protecting and advancing access to abortion and quality reproductive health care.

Broadbent Institute

Endorsed by Jack Layton and visionaries across Canada, the Broadbent Institute is inspired by a common vision of free, equal, and compassionate citizenship in Canada. Our mission is to:

  • Support, develop, and promote social democratic principles for the 21st century
  • Propose new solutions for a more equal society
  • Equip a new generation of progressive campaigners & thinkers with the tools they need to build a social democratic society through training and education

Canadian Auto Workers

The CAW is the largest private sector union in Canada. Through our members and our departments, the CAW has on-going involvement in, and commitment to, many workplace, economic and social justice issues. The CAW is always engaged in campaigns and issues aimed at improving the lives of workers nationally and around the world.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives offers an alternative to the message that we have no choice about the policies that affect our lives. The CCPA undertakes and promotes research on issues of social and economic justice. They produce research reports, books, opinion pieces, fact sheets and other publications, including The Monitor, a monthly digest of progressive research and opinion.

Canadian Federation of Students

The Canadian Federation of Students was formed in 1981 to provide students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally. Today, the Federation comprises more than 450,000 students from college and university students’ unions across the country.

The Canadian Peace Alliance

The Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) is Canada’s largest umbrella peace organization. Since its foundation in 1985 the organization has been helping member groups to act as a broad network, in order to provide a strong, coordinated voice for peace issues at the national level.

Canadian Union of Public Employees

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada’s largest union. With more than half a million members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.

Corporate Watch (CorpWatch)

Non-profit investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations. We seek to expose multinational corporations that profit from war, fraud, environmental, human rights and other abuses, and to provide critical information to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy.

Council of Canadians

Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters across the country.

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

Formed in 1985, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent, Canada-wide, non-partisan voluntary organization supported by 66,000 households whose mission is to defend and enhance the quality and quantity of Canadian programming in the Canadian audio-visual system.

Greenpeace Canada

Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

National Union of Public and General Employees

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component unions. Taken together we are one of the largest unions in Canada. Most of our 340,000 members work to deliver public services of every kind to the citizens of their home provinces. We also have a large and growing number of members who work for private businesses. Our mission as a national union is to: 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 our members a national presence through participation in the Canadian Labour Congress and internationally through Public Services International; develop and share successful bargaining strategies with our component unions; and contribute to a national framework of services and solidarity to benefit all Canadian workers.

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF)

We are more than 60,000 members strong. We are educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counselors and many other education professionals. Our diverse English and French membership is represented in 140 bargaining units across the province.  We work in elementary and secondary school workplaces, private schools and consortia that offer support services to school boards and universities. Students, parents, teachers and education workers all want a strong public education system. We work directly with our members to enhance the students’ experience every day. We also work with parents, school boards, governments and other stakeholders to safeguard the quality of our public education system and improve it in every way possible.

Public Service Alliance of Canada

Formed in 1966, the Public Service Alliance of Canada is one of Canada’s largest unions. It represents more than 172,000 people from coast to coast to coast, the PSAC also represents people who work abroad in embassies and consulates. The PSAC strives to enhance its members’ quality of life and has been at the front of a variety of significant and successful campaigns for workplace and human rights, including the struggle for equal pay, enhanced workplace health and safety and the rights of same sex spouses.

Sierra Club of Canada

Sierra Club Canada empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet!  It is the agent of Sierra Club Canada Foundation, a registered charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency. Major national campaigns fall under the program areas of Health and Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Atmosphere and Energy, and Transition to a Sustainable Economy. Sierra Club Canada has earned an excellent reputation within its constituency and the broader public for its thoroughly researched positions and for refusing to compromise on its ideals. Sierra Club Canada believes in the power of connection, of people everywhere working together to create a better world for all.

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