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June 11, 2019
President’s Update: May 2019
President Given has had a busy several months, working hard alongside other maritime stakeholders to protect our industry globally. Earlier… Continue reading
June 7, 2019
Final Voyages – Spring 2019
  Brother Otto May who joined the SIU on June 1, 1967 passed away on November 18, 2018 at age… Continue reading
May 31, 2019
Death of Second Officer Ravindu Lakmal Pieris Telge on board Maersk Patras
May 28, 2019   VIA MAIL & EMAIL The Honourable Marc Garneau Minister of Transport 330 Sparks Street Ottawa, Ontario… Continue reading
May 8, 2019
SIU of Canada Participates in Global Day of Action to Save Australian Shipping
Global Marine Workers Rally in Support of the Maritime Union of Australia’s Campaign to Restore and Revitalize Domestic Shipping  … Continue reading
May 1, 2019
Algoma Central Corp. sidesteps Canadian Coasting trade, exploits foreign workers on crude oil vessel
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April 26, 2019
Delphine Jean: When determination leads to success
For as long as she can remember, Delphine always loved being on the water. An outdoor enthusiast, she worked as… Continue reading
March 11, 2019
Setting a Strong Course: SIU Members Update – March 2019
It has been full steam ahead for President James Given in the new year.   Known for always standing up… Continue reading
February 21, 2019
SIU Employees Come Out for Training
SIU of Canada members are the most important part of the Union, and our staff are dedicated to serving their… Continue reading
February 21, 2019
2019: taking communicating with you to the next level
Over the last year, we’ve made some major improvements in how the SIU communicates with you. In 2019, we want… Continue reading
February 11, 2019
Final Voyages – Winter 2019
  Brother Larry Giba, who joined SIU of Canada on July 31, 1976, passed away on December 21, 2018 at… Continue reading
February 6, 2019
James Given: Canada Leads in Global Fight Against Exploitation of Marine Workers
This article was published in the Hill Times newspaper on February 4, 2019   While many of us returned to… Continue reading
January 30, 2019
Survey Says: Canadians’ see Seafaring industry as vital to Canadian Economy
  In December 2018, the Angus Reid Institute in collaboration with Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping published a… Continue reading
December 10, 2018
Fall Recruitment Update
Since launching Be A Seafarer in June we have seen an overwhelming response from youngsters and skilled workers alike, eager… Continue reading
December 10, 2018
President’s Update: December 2018
Over the last several months, President James Given has been very busy advocating for a strong Canadian maritime industry at… Continue reading
December 10, 2018
Final Voyages – Winter 2018
    Sister Monique Laglois who joined the SIU on June 3, 1971 passed away on February 8, 2018 at… Continue reading
November 27, 2018
Announcing the SIU Retired Members’ Council
Our brothers and sisters remain part of the SIU family even after they retire. That is why the SIU of Canada is establishing… Continue reading
November 20, 2018
Members’ Survey: Proud to be Seafarers and SIU Members
  As our community of Canadian Seafarers continues to grow, we have been taking steps to be more informed on… Continue reading
November 7, 2018
Seafarers Training Institute holding job fairs across Canada to recruit the next generation of Canadian seafarers
The Seafarers’ Training Institute is hosting job fairs across Canada in hopes of recruiting the next generation of Canadian seafarers.… Continue reading
November 5, 2018
President Given sees a bright future for the SIU
  SIU of Canada President James Given has a strong vision for the future. We have heard your feedback loud… Continue reading
November 1, 2018
Enhanced pension plan for members comes into effect November 1
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnvJfMBzyps[/embed]   The SIU of Canada knows the importance of saving for your retirement. That’s why we’ve taken steps to… Continue reading
October 25, 2018
A personalized pension plan to help all members save for retirement
Few things are more important to us than ensuring our members enjoy a comfortable retirement. Over the past several months,… Continue reading
October 1, 2018
SIU of Canada welcomes USMCA
Maritime sector remains protected under new agreement ST CATHARINES, Oct 1, 2018 – The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada welomes… Continue reading
September 25, 2018
ITF Inspector finds labour abuse aboard the Duzgit Endeavour
Crew members have been refused patriation and have been without pay for two months   September 24, 2018 - Montreal,… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
SIU of Canada welcomes changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
New policy ensures safeguards for temporary workers and increases access to jobs for Canadian Seafarers   OTTAWA, Sept. 13, 2018… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
“I would be proud to tell anyone that I am a seafarer” New recruits tell us why they want to be a seafarer
Since launching our national hiring initiative Be a Seafarer in June, we’ve heard from hundreds of men and women interested… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
Summer Recruitment update
Earlier this summer the Seafarers’ Training Institute launched Canada’s first ever national hiring initiative aimed at attracting, training and retaining… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
Employment and Social Development Canada commits to September 11, 2018 launch date for new maritime-specific Temporary Foreign Worker Program Policy co-developed by the SIU Canada
In 2015, the SIU filed 42 lawsuits stating that the Government of Canada was violating the Temporary Foreign Worker Program… Continue reading
September 7, 2018
Final Voyages – Summer 2018
Sister Penelope Kukta who joined the SIU on July 30, 1984 passed away on July 6, 2018 at age 69.… Continue reading
June 25, 2018
Day of the Seafarer 2018: recognizing our members’ contribution to Canada’s maritime industry
Every year on June 25, the international maritime community recognizes the Day of the Seafarer, remembering that almost everything we… Continue reading
June 14, 2018
Final Sailings – Spring 2018
BROTHER ABDOULAYE DJIGO who joined the SIU on August 30, 2016 passed away on March 23, 2018 at age 54.… Continue reading
June 13, 2018
President Given steps aboard to hear from members
Over the past few months, President Given has been busy taking the time to listen to Canadian seafarers and sharing… Continue reading
June 13, 2018
Members’ Survey: An Engaged and Passionate Membership
The seafaring industry is growing, and the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada strives to continually improve our communication with members… Continue reading
June 12, 2018
Maritime Industry launches major youth employment initiative
Canada’s marine shipping industry hiring hundreds of Canadians for stable, good-paying jobs   ST. CATHARINES, ONT – JUNE 12, 2018… Continue reading
June 5, 2018
SIU of Canada will show strength at Ontario polls in support of the NDP
In the coming days, voters across Ontario will head to the polls to vote in the provincial election. After almost… Continue reading
June 1, 2018
SIU of Canada Calls on the Federal Government to Enforce TFWP Standards Aboard Ships
June 1, 2018 - Montreal, QC- The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is calling on the Government of Canada… Continue reading
June 1, 2018
SIU of Canada Stands with Government of Canada on Decision to Impose Retaliatory Tariffs
  June 1, 2018 - Montreal, QC- The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) fully supports the Government of Canada’s… Continue reading
April 9, 2018
Sacrifice at Sea: The Canadian Merchant Navy and the Second World War
When envisioning those who served in the Second World War, many picture the brave men and women, standing tall and… Continue reading
February 20, 2018
President Given working to protect Canadian Seafarers and labour rights
Since our last update, SIU of Canada President James Given has been busy at home in Canada, advocating for the… Continue reading
February 20, 2018
Final Voyages: Winter 2018
This winter, we have seen two of our members embark on their final voyage. We send them our thoughts and… Continue reading
February 12, 2018
Member Announcement: New Online Members’ Portal
The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada is making it easier for members to have up to date documents on file… Continue reading
January 17, 2018
NAFTA roundtable needs more maritime representation, says SIU of Canada
  January 17, 2018   Montreal, QC- Today, federal Transport Minister Garneau will be hearing from transportation stakeholders at a… Continue reading
December 18, 2017
Supporting the Seafarers’ International Union of North America & the United States’ Jones Act
The SIU of Canada supports and strongly advocates for maritime Cabotage Law in Canada. We therefore also support the continued… Continue reading
December 6, 2017
President Given fighting for Canadian seafarers across the globe
Over the past few months, President Given has been busy fighting for Canadian seafarers and sharing the message of stronger… Continue reading
November 30, 2017
A renewed commitment to communicating with our members
Over the past several years, our industry has experienced growth, and faced challenges and threats that have the potential to… Continue reading
November 30, 2017
Final Voyages
Over the past few months, we have witnessed the passing of a number of our brothers and sisters. We send… Continue reading
October 24, 2017
SIU of Canada advocates for labour law enforcement during strike against Algoma Tankers Limited
Algoma Tankers use foreign ships & crew while Canadian officers on strike Montreal, QC – The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada… Continue reading
October 24, 2017
SIU of Canada Taking Action to Stop Foreign Cabotage and Strike Breaking
Calling on Algoma Tankers Ltd. and Federal Government to enforce laws and protect Canadian workers (more…) Continue reading
October 6, 2017
Seafarers call on the Federal Government to uphold labour standards for foreign sailors
The crew aboard the Bro Anna are working under abysmal conditions, being paid less than $2 per hour (more…) Continue reading
September 13, 2017
SIU of Canada President Defends Cabotage and Canadian Seafaring at Transport Committee Hearing
“The SIU's priority is to ensure Canadian workers have opportunities for employment in the Canadian maritime industry.” (more…) Continue reading
February 15, 2017
Government of Canada settles SIUC lawsuits
Government of Canada settles Seafarers’ International Union of Canada lawsuits alleging systematic breaches of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (more…) Continue reading