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Public Service Alliance of Canada

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Public Service Alliance of Canada
Formation1966; 58 years ago (1966)
Merger of
  • Civil Service Association of Canada
  • Civil Service Federation of Canada
TypeTrade union
HeadquartersPublic Service Alliance of Canada Building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Canada
Membership (2018)
Official languages
  • English
  • French
Sharon DeSousa
Websitepsacunion.ca Edit this at Wikidata

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC; French: Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada, AFPC) is one of Canada's largest national labour unions. It is the largest union in the Canadian federal public sector. PSAC members work in every province and territory, and also work abroad in embassies and consulates.

Many of PSAC's some 200,000 members work for the federal public service, crown corporations, or agencies as immigration officers, fisheries officers, food inspectors, customs officers, national defence civilian employees, and the like. However, an increasing number of PSAC members work in non-federal sectors: in women's shelters, universities, security agencies and casinos. In Northern Canada, PSAC represents most unionized workers employed in the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

PSAC is headquartered in Ottawa with 23 regional offices across Canada. PSAC's Ottawa headquarters building, designed in 1968 by Paul Schoeler, is a notable example of modernist architecture in Ottawa.[2]


The Public Service Alliance of Canada Building in Ottawa

PSAC was formed when the Civil Service Association of Canada, led by Calbert Best, and Civil Service Federation of Canada, led by Claude Edwards, agreed to merge. Claude Edwards was elected as the first PSAC president. PSAC's founding convention took place at Ottawa's Chateau Laurier in 1966.


PSAC signed its first collective agreements with Treasury Board in 1968. By 2015, the union was negotiating 316 separate collective agreements under federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.


PSAC's first strike came in November 1971 against Defence Construction Ltd. In 1980, the PSAC's large CR bargaining unit, made up largely of women clerical workers, went out on in Canada's biggest single bargaining unit work stoppage. PSAC's 1991 general strike, the largest single union strike in Canadian history, brought job security improvements. They held another strike in 2023.

Women in the union[edit]

Most founding convention delegates were men. In 1967, PSAC began organizing secretaries, stenographers and typists. By 1976, PSAC had abolished the practice of tying a secretary’s salary to the rank of her boss (a practice known as "rug-ranking"), created an Equal Opportunities Committee to address women's issues and elected Aileen Manion, PSAC's first female national officer.

Equality rights[edit]

From 1981 onward, PSAC's Equal Opportunities Committee included all equity-seeking groups. In 1988, PSAC adopted a comprehensive human rights policy. Action committees for members with disabilities and racially visible members started in 1990. By 1999, the union started holding conferences for racially visible members, Aboriginal Peoples and workers with disabilities. In 2004, the first network of Aboriginal, Inuit and Metis members was formed to advance their rights within and beyond the union.



The National President, the National Executive Vice-President and the seven Regional Executive Vice-Presidents (REVPs) form the Alliance Executive Committee (AEC). The AEC is responsible for the day-to-day decisions of the union with respect to finances, overseeing campaigns, mobilizing the membership, advocating on behalf of the membership and advancing the union and its members' rights in the workplace. The AEC meets monthly and as needed.[4]

The current REVPs are:

  • Chris Di Liberatore, Regional Executive Vice-President, Atlantic
  • Yvon Barrière, Regional Executive Vice-President, Québec
  • Ruth Lau-MacDonald, Regional Executive Vice-President, National Capital Region
  • Craig Reynolds, Regional Executive Vice-President, Ontario
  • Marianne Hladun, Regional Executive Vice-President, Prairies
  • Jamey Mills, Regional Executive Vice-President, British Columbia
  • Josée-Anne Spirito, Regional Executive Vice-President, North




  1. ^ "About PSAC | Public Service Alliance of Canada". Archived from the original on 26 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Architect took risks to modernize Canada". Ottawa Citizen. Canwest Global. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  3. ^ A line through time: PSAC’s 50 years of solidarity
  4. ^ "Alliance Executive Committee". Public Service Alliance of Canada. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Chris Aylward, National President". Public Service Alliance of Canada.
  6. ^ "Remembering the life of Claude Edwards". ottawacitizen.remembering.ca.
  7. ^ "Past PSAC presidents". psacunion.ca. Archived from the original on 12 December 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2023.

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