November 29, 2018

CFLPA highlights inadequate health and safety protection during BC Federation of Labour Convention

Mississauga, ON – On November 26, the day following the 106th Grey Cup game, the CFL Players’ Association (CFLPA) was welcomed by delegates at the 58th BC Federation of Labour Convention in Vancouver.

CFLPA Executive Director Brian Ramsay was invited as a guest speaker to address more than 1,300 delegates and highlight inadequate health and safety protections currently faced by the CFLPA membership.

“Our current contract has limited provisions for the medical care, rehabilitation and wage loss protection when a player is injured. Employers, no matter who they are, have a duty of care for workers who are injured on the job,” said Brian Ramsay.

The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) represents over 500,000 members from affiliated unions across British Columbia, working in every aspect of the BC economy. It has a long and proud history of fighting for the rights of all working people to a safe workplace and fair wages. BCFED hosts a convention every two years.

In the past 30 days, the CFLPA along with a group representing more than 3,500 professional athletes from across Canada, including professional hockey (NHLPA & PHPA) and lacrosse (PLPA) players, have met with provincial governments in both British Columbia and Alberta. The coalition is building its case in support of appropriate workers’ compensation coverage for all professional athletes working in Canada and has immediate plans to continue its pursuit into other Canadian provinces.

Photos from the convention are available at:

About the CFLPA
The Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) is the union for professional football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since 1965, the Association has worked to establish fair and reasonable working conditions while protecting the rights of all CFL players. In addition to negotiating and enforcing the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the CFLPA provides a variety of member services, builds corporate and community partnerships and works diligently for the betterment of its membership. The current CBA will be in place through 2019. Find us online at

For more information:  Jason Langvee, CFLPA Office, [email protected], 1-800-616-6865


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