Current Labour Issues Across Canadian Ports and Railways

blog | May 14, 2024

Please see below for an update on the current state of Canadian ports and railways.  

Port of Montreal

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers at the Port of Montreal have continued working without a contract since January 1st, 2024. Currently, discussions are ongoing and there is no indication of work stoppage in the foreseeable future.

CN/CP Rail

Despite the threat of an unprecedented rail strike involving both major railways, which could have been legally possible as early as May 22nd, 2024, the Government of Canada has now requested that a report be filed by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) involving the safety impact of such disruption on Canadian citizens. Unions representing rail employees have acknowledged that no strike action will be taken in this interim period, delaying the possibility of a strike and removing the immediate threat. Hopefully, this additional time will allow both parties to reach a settlement.

Port of Vancouver

While 2023 saw prolonged port disruption, foremen represented by the ILWU Local 514 chapter remain without a contract and can now hold a vote for strike action which would then require a 72-hour noticeCurrently, regular cargo operations remain uninterrupted at British Columbia’s ports. Simultaneously, the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) has filed a complaint with the CIRB stating that “they hope they will resolve this situation expeditiously”. 


Delmar will continue to monitor these events and provide pertinent updates as they unfold.  

For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Delmar Representative.