Work stoppages by jurisdiction and year

Publication date: July 1, 2021

All sectors
All jurisdictions Federal jurisdiction Provincial jurisdiction
Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked
2012 255 261 281 137,398 23.9 904,017 13 14 18 6,158 67.3 164,661 242 247 263 131,240 20.9 739,356
2013 145 112 165 205,726 86.0 1,498,950 3 6 7 838 142.9 76,890 142 106 158 204,888 83.5 1,422,060
2014 100 104 153 80,474 97.7 1,711,330 5 6 6 1,067 40.2 35,230 95 98 147 79,407 100.0 1,676,100
2015 188 189 237 428,802 64.6 1,845,503 12 11 12 4,620 53.8 58,640 176 178 225 424,182 65.2 1,786,863
2016 141 172 189 44,387 35.7 631,880 4 5 5 560 52.4 30,290 137 167 184 43,827 35.2 601,590
2017 174 100 191 206,375 112.5 1,200,700 6 6 6 1,408 23.3 43,590 168 94 185 204,967 115.4 1,157,110
2018 82 160 173 86,067 61.8 1,133,724 10 9 10 54,462 28.0 157,072 72 151 163 31,605 63.9 976,652
2019 115 119 128 46,249 33.2 1,212,938 9 8 10 7,073 25.8 78,519 106 111 118 39,176 33.9 1,134,419
2020 57 61 66 624,028 44.5 1,451,556 2 3 4 1,597 80.0 92,330 55 58 62 622,431 42.2 1,359,226
2021 56 36 61 190,877 14.9 305,677 0 0 1 238 104.0 24,750 56 36 60 190,639 13.4 280,927

Note: Work stoppage data cover strikes and lockouts that amount to 10 or more person-days not worked. Data for 2021 cover the months of January through May. Work Stoppages data is up to date until May 2021, except bargaining units with less than 500 employees in Ontario up to March 2021. For additional information, please see the Technical notes.

Source: Strategic Policy, Analysis, and Workplace Information Directorate, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Private sector
All jurisdictions Federal jurisdiction Provincial jurisdiction
Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked
2012 127 133 152 22,571 39.1 580,455 11 12 16 6,131 74.2 164,310 116 121 136 16,440 35.0 416,145
2013 102 70 121 199,896 111.8 1,443,322 2 5 6 508 154.3 70,440 100 65 115 199,388 109.6 1,372,882
2014 53 56 104 10,153 133.3 471,050 5 6 6 1,067 40.2 35,230 48 50 98 9,086 138.9 435,820
2015 63 65 111 15,847 118.5 374,711 8 7 8 4,491 58.5 49,950 55 58 103 11,356 123.2 324,761
2016 110 144 156 15,203 37.7 360,270 2 3 3 340 78.7 28,290 108 141 153 14,863 36.9 331,980
2017 138 62 150 167,986 138.3 725,040 5 5 5 1,386 26.6 43,440 133 57 145 166,600 142.2 681,600
2018 56 132 144 24,523 67.7 743,707 7 7 7 3,944 25.6 13,690 49 125 137 20,579 69.8 730,017
2019 72 76 84 35,685 34.7 1,067,393 7 5 7 4,008 29.1 40,979 65 71 77 31,677 35.2 1,026,414
2020 33 36 41 10,382 60.0 536,166 2 3 4 1,597 80.0 92,330 31 33 37 8,785 57.8 443,836
2021 25 18 30 8,419 26.5 109,857 0 0 1 238 104.0 24,750 25 18 29 8,181 23.8 85,107

Note: Work stoppage data cover strikes and lockouts that amount to 10 or more person-days not worked. Data for 2021 cover the months of January through May. Work Stoppages data is up to date until May 2021, except bargaining units with less than 500 employees in Ontario up to March 2021. For additional information, please see the Technical notes.

Source: Strategic Policy, Analysis, and Workplace Information Directorate, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Public sector
All jurisdictions Federal jurisdiction Provincial jurisdiction
Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked Work stoppages started in specified period Work stoppages terminated in specified period Work stoppages in effect in specified period Maximum number of workers involved in work stoppages Duration of work stoppages in days (average) (Avg) Person-days not worked
2012 128 128 129 114,827 5.9 323,562 2 2 2 27 12.0 351 126 126 127 114,800 5.8 323,211
2013 43 42 44 5,830 15.1 55,628 1 1 1 330 74.0 6,450 42 41 43 5,500 13.7 49,178
2014 47 48 49 70,321 22.2 1,240,280 47 48 49 70,321 22.2 1,240,280
2015 125 124 126 412,955 17.1 1,470,792 4 4 4 129 44.3 8,690 121 120 122 412,826 16.2 1,462,102
2016 31 28 33 29,184 26.1 271,610 2 2 2 220 13.0 2,000 29 26 31 28,964 26.9 269,610
2017 36 38 41 38,389 17.8 475,660 1 1 1 22 7.0 150 35 37 40 38,367 18.1 475,510
2018 26 28 29 61,544 32.8 390,017 3 2 3 50,518 33.7 143,382 23 26 26 11,026 32.7 246,635
2019 43 43 44 10,564 30.5 145,545 2 3 3 3,065 18.0 37,540 41 40 41 7,499 31.4 108,005
2020 24 25 25 613,646 19.1 915,390 24 25 25 613,646 19.1 915,390
2021 31 18 31 182,458 3.6 195,820 31 18 31 182,458 3.6 195,820

Legend: The dash () symbol indicates missing data.

Note: Work stoppage data cover strikes and lockouts that amount to 10 or more person-days not worked. Data for 2021 cover the months of January through May. Work Stoppages data is up to date until May 2021, except bargaining units with less than 500 employees in Ontario up to March 2021. For additional information, please see the Technical notes.

Source: Strategic Policy, Analysis, and Workplace Information Directorate, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

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