7 February 2024

The CFLPA Academy

In 2016, the CFL Players Association (CFLPA) was tasked with a mandate to create a resource aimed at helping players in the Canadian Football League with life beyond the game of football.

Today, we are proud to offer a variety of support through three pillars; #Education, #Employment, and #Wellness, for ALL CFLPA Academy members, and their families.

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1 February 2024

Multi-Sport Players’ Association Virtual Career Summit

Yesterday, the Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA) was proud to participate in the inaugural Multi-Sport Players Association Virtual Career Summit. Along with the ten other professional sports unions that joined, we would like to extend our gratitude and give a big thanks to the National Basketball Players' Association (NBPA) for organizing this exceptional event.

Yesterday's summit connected over 60 professional athletes from various leagues and Players' Associations, to promote conversation and collaboration regarding post sport career development. Discussions centered around different pathways to achieve success and fulfillment in life after playing professionally.

Built with engaging and interactive panel discussions and networking sessions, yesterday's summit provided a valuable platform for both current and former athletes to interact with leaders and experts in business and professional development. We also want to thank CFLPA members David Mackie and Joshua Coker, who joined on camera to help demonstrate networking techniques alongside actors/comedians, Mark Sutton and Sandy Jobin-Bevans. We are grateful to the NBPA for their effort in arranging this remarkable event and we look forward to future collaborative initiatives that aim to empower our members in their career journeys.

12 January 2024

Media Release | January 12, 2024

United Steelworkers union, CFLPA and White Ribbon begin training first cohort of new Elevating Action program to end Gender-Based Violence

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6 December 2023

Elevating Action Against Gender-Based Violence

On the 34th anniversary of the tragic events at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, we remember and honour the lives lost. Along with the United Steelworkers of Canada and White Ribbon, we are committed to taking a stand against gender-based violence through action, and education. Starting in January, several CFLPA and USW members will join together with white ribbon to participate in the “Elevating Action” program.


This new national program will train ambassadors from the USW and CFLPA to become leaders in cultural change and challenge gender-based violence in workplaces and communities CFLPA and USW members will be equipped to deliver presentations to workers and workplaces across Canada.

22 November 2023

CFLPA Grey Cup Week Recap

Grey Cup week was a success! Take a look at a quick recap of everything #TeamCFLPA was up to during the 110th #GreyCup! A big thanks goes out to our committed members, great fans, and amazing partners who helped make this all possible!

#CFL #CFLPA

17 November 2023

2023 CFLPA All-Star Team

November 17, 2023
 
 
CFLPA ANNOUNCES THE OFFICIAL 2023 CFLPA ALL-STAR TEAM

 
(Hamilton, ON)- The Canadian Football League Players’ Association reveals it’s 2023 All-Star team. The CFLPA All-Stars are made up of one player from each position around the league. The All-Stars are selected based off the results of a player vote, whereby players vote for the position group that they directly match up against.
 
The official 2023 CFLPA All-Star are as follows:
 
 
Offence
 
QB — Chad Kelly (TOR)
RB — Brady Oliveira (WPG)
FB — David Mackie (BC) 
 
SB — Dalton Schoen (WPG)
SB — Tim White (HAM)
WR — Austin Mack (MTL)
WR — Alexander Hollins (BC)
 
C — David Beard (HAM)
G — Brandon Revenberg (HAM)
G — Peter Nicastro (TOR)
OT — Jermarcus Hardrick (WPG)
OT — Stanley Bryant (WPG)
 
Defence
 
DT — Jake Ceresna (EDM)
DT — Mike Rose (CGY)
DE — Folarin Orimolade (TOR)
DE — Mathieu Betts (BC)
 
WLB — Wynton McManis (TOR)
MLB — Adam Bighill (WPG)
SLB — Adarius Pickett (TOR)
 
CB — Demerio Houston (WPG)
CB — Garry Peters (BC)
HB — T.J. Lee (BC)
HB — Marcus Sayles (BC)
S — Marc-Antoine Dequoy (MTL)
 
 
Special Teams
 
K — Sean Whyte (BC)
P — Richie Leone (OTT)
LS — Jorgen Hus (SSK)
Special – Javon Leake (TOR)
 
Coach – Ryan Dinwiddie (TOR)

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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. For the latest news regarding the CFLPA, please visit www.cflpa.com or follow us on social media @CFLPA.
 
For more information:  Brendan Heisler, CFLPA Office, b.heisler@cflpa.com, 1-800-616-6865

15 November 2023

CFLPA Partners with BILI for unique earning opportunities off the field

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Unlocking Earning Potential: CFL Players’ Association Partners with BILI for Unique Earning Opportunities off the Field


Toronto, Canada - BecauseILoveIt.com (BILI), a social commerce platform designed to improve the connection between brands and social media creators, today is launching a groundbreaking exclusive partnership with The Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA). This partnership marks a significant step towards supporting CFLPA members in their quest for success both on and off the field.

The objective of this partnership is rooted in the shared mission of BILI and the CFLPA to provide CFL players with the tools they need to succeed, in particular, BILI's innovative platform empowers players to leverage their social media presence and content to unlock new opportunities as creators and influencers.

BILI offers players two exciting avenues to earn from their social media efforts:

  •  “BILI Base” empowers players to curate their own online stores on Store.BecauseILoveIt.com, featuring products they love. They receive a personalized link, perfect for sharing across their social media networks, and have the opportunity to earn attractive affiliate commissions, ranging from 10% to 40%, on the products sold through their stores.
  •  Meanwhile, “BILI Boost” is a dynamic program that fosters exciting collaborations between brands and players. For instance, a recent partnership with a global sports streaming service and CFL players including 2023 MVP, Henoc Muamba of the Toronto Argos. Through BILI Boost, players are compensated for crafting unique branded content and sharing it across social platforms.

“This collaboration opens up exciting opportunities for our 650 plus member players to engage with fans and bring their personal brand to life beyond the field of play. We are always looking for innovative and entrepreneurial ways to support our members today and tomorrow, and our partnership with BILI helps us do that.” says CFLPA Executive Director, Brian Ramsay.

Adrian Capobianco, co-founder and CEO at BILI says, “Our partnership with the CFLPA as the exclusive Social Commerce partner marks a game-changing moment. We offer brands access to over 10,000 creators to share and sell their products across North America. The addition of CFL athletes to our community is a great fit for many brands looking to stand out by leveraging the athlete’s personalities.”

BILI's performance-driven model operates seamlessly across all social media platforms. With a database of over 11,000 influencers across North America, collectively reaching +300 million impressions daily, BILI empowers influencers to directly earn commissions and fees from brands across these channels. Brands partnering with BILI can enjoy substantial reach, while consumers benefit from trusted influencer endorsements. BILI's rapid growth since inception, underscores its dedication to transforming the North American influencer-brand-consumer landscape, providing brands and creators a more efficient and effective Social Commerce experience.

Media Inquiries Contact:

Wendy Bairos: Communications Lead, BILI wendy@becauseiloveit.com

Brendan Heisler: CFLPA Office, b.heisler@cflpa.com

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. For the latest news regarding the CFLPA, please visit www.cflpa.com or follow us on social media @CFLPA.

About BecauseILoveIt.com (BILI)

BecauseILoveIt.com (BILI) is a leading social commerce platform that empowers individuals to monetize their social media content and become influencers and creators. By connecting creators with brands and enabling them to create personalized online stores, BILI helps creators maximize their earning potential while leveraging their social media presence.

1 November 2023

2023 CFLPA Players’ HQ, Powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic Official Details

November 1, 2023

CFLPA AND SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THE 2023 CFLPA PLAYERS HQ.

CFLPA Players HQ, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic will run from Friday, November 17th to Sunday, November 19th at The Gown and Gavel, in Hamilton, Ontario. 

Mississauga, ON - Today, the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic announced the details of the CFLPA HQ during the 110th Grey Cup week in Hamilton, Ontario.

The 2023 CFLPA Players’ HQ, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, will be a great opportunity for Canadian football fans to meet and interact with both current and former CFLPA members. The annual CFLPA Grey Cup week party is free to attend and invites fans to enjoy autograph signings, games, giveaways, pictures with the Grey Cup, and much more!

“We are overjoyed to bring together Canadian Football fans from all over the country during our 2023 CFLPA Players Headquarters”, said CFLPA Executive Director Brian Ramsay. “Our members are always excited to interact with our fans, and we are greatly looking forward to hosting a memorable event for all CFL fans to enjoy during the Grey Cup Festivities.”

The 2022 CFLPA Players’ HQ, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, will be free of charge and open to everyone on a first come, first serve basis.  

The event will be held at The Gown and Gavel, 24 Hess Street S, L8P 3M8, on: 

  • Friday, November 17th, 3:00-7:00 PM 
  • Saturday, November 18th, 1:00-5:00 PM 
  • Sunday, November 19th, 1:00-5:00 PM 

More details regarding specific events will be released in the days and weeks leading up the 110th Grey Cup Festival! 

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. For the latest news regarding the CFLPA, please visit www.cflpa.com or follow us on social media @CFLPA. 


CFLPA Media Contact: 
Brendan Heisler, CFLPA Office | b.heisler@cflpa.com | 1-800-616-6865 

31 October 2023

CFLPA ANNOUNCES SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC RETURNS AS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE CFLPA PLAYERS’ HQ THROUGH 2024

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October 31, 2023

CFLPA ANNOUNCES SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC RETURNS AS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE CFLPA PLAYERS’ HQ THROUGH 2024

CFLPA Players’ HQ, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, will run from Friday, November 17th to Sunday, November 19th in Hamilton during the 2023 Grey Cup Festival


Mississauga, ON – Saskatchewan Polytechnic will continue as the official sponsor of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) Players’ HQ during this year’s 110th Grey Cup Festival in Hamilton, ON, and at next year’s 111th Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver, BC.

The CFLPA Players’ HQ, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, is an engaging and fun opportunity for Canadian football fans to meet and interact with both current and former CFLPA members. This annual event is free to attend and invites fans to meet, chat with and take a photo with players from our League.

“We are thrilled that Saskatchewan Polytechnic has once again stepped up as the proud sponsor for the CFLPA Players Headquarters for the 2023 and 2024 Grey Cups,” said CFLPA Executive Director Brian Ramsay. “Their continued support is a testament to the strength of our partnership both on and off the field as they also remain a leader within our CFLPA Academy. We look forward to working with Dr. Larry Rosia and his team at Saskatchewan Polytechnic to produce an entertaining event for all CFL fans in Hamilton this November and Vancouver during next year’s Festival.”

No tickets are required for the 2023 CFLPA Players’ HQ, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, which will be open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. More event details will be made available via official CFLPA channels over the coming weeks.

“We are honoured to once again sponsor the CFLPA Players’ HQ and contribute to the celebration of Canadian football,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO.  “We are committed to supporting the CFLPA and to providing educational opportunities for CFL players and their spouses.  This partnership allows both the CFLPA and Sask Polytech to showcase our profound commitment to lifelong learning and career development for athletes beyond their playing days.”  

The CFLPA Academy has established a longstanding relationship with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, enabling CFL players and their spouses to further their education through the School of Continuing Education. Educational opportunities include diplomas, certificates, degrees and micro-credential offerings. CFLPA members also have access to proactive career counseling and preparedness to prepare them for their careers after football.

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. For the latest news regarding the CFLPA, please visit www.cflpa.com or follow us on social media @CFLPA.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories and the homeland of the Métis. Learning takes place at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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CFLPA Media Contact: 
Brendan Heisler, CFLPA Office | b.heisler@cflpa.com | 1-800-616-6865 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Media Contact: 
Brianna Bergeron, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Communications | brianna.bergeron@saskpolytech.ca | 306-250-3978

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