Welcome to the New Westminster & District Labour Council website.

The New Westminster & District Labour Council (NWDLC) is a community-based central labour organization representing trade union members at the local level. We are a chartered organization of the Canadian Labour Congress, Canada’s national voice for workers and their families.

Our goal is to ensure our communities and our elected representatives at all levels of government in Canada respond to the needs of people and families.


2020 Labour Day information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in keeping with recommendations from health authorities and government the New Westminster & District Labour Council and the Vancouver & District Labour Council have cancelled plans for in person Labour Day events. But we are very excited to announce we will be holding a joint online event for affiliated unions and members on September 7.

We are calling for nominations for our first ever Labour Council Elsies. These Oscar-style awards will recognize union members for their outstanding contributions in the labour movement. Members and Affiliated Locals can complete the attached form to nominate a union member in one of four categories: Awesome Union Activist, Outstanding Shop Steward, Dedicated Front Line Worker or Caring Community Activist. We will be highlighting three nominees from each category in a short video that will be played on Labour Day. Highlighted nominees will have an opportunity to speak about their activism, their union, and what Labour Day means to them as they accept our first ever Elsie (Labour Council) awards.

Nominees and their union must agree to their being filmed with the award presentations to be posted on Labour Council websites and social media on September 7. Nominations are open now and close on August 4, 2020 at 4:30pm.  Please submit nominations to Laura Sharpe at adminnwdlc@shaw.ca

Download Elsie nomination form 

Labour Day has always included our families and in keeping with our tradition of having children’s activities at our events we are holding a Labour Day colouring challenge. Below is a one-page template for colouring. The challenge is open to all, submissions will be posted on our social media pages from mid-August to mid-September. Colouring submissions can be either scanned and emailed or dropped off at the Labour Council office, nwdlc@shawcable.com and should include the adult’s union local for the social media posting. Member and child’s first name can be included or submissions can be posted anonymously, whichever is preferred.

Thank you in advance for helping us make this a successful virtual event. lf you have any questions please contact the Labour Council office at (604) 291-9306 or our event organizer Laura Sharpe at adminnwdlc@shaw.ca. Wishing you and your members a safe, healthy, calm and kind summer.

Download kid’s colouring page





What is the NWDLC?

The New Westminster & District Labour Council is a community based central labour organization chartered in 1966 by the Canadian Labour Congress to represent workers in fourteen lower mainland municipalities. We represent approximately 60,000 union members from more than 100 affiliated local unions continuing the proud union tradition of workers speaking out on issues affecting them in their workplaces and in their communities. We work together and with community partners like the United Way and the Union Protein Project (formerly Protein for People) to deliver information, services and programs to build a stronger and more compassionate society, one that supports the needs of working families and all people.

The regional area covered by the NWDLC.

Union members participate in the activities of the Labour Council by volunteering time to support other union members on picket lines, attending educational seminars and courses to learn new skills, participating on Labour Council committees and attending events. Members also get involved with community agencies that deliver vital services, serve on community boards and volunteer in civic, provincial and federal election campaigns.

A few facts about NWDLC

Here are a few facts you might not know yet about the NWDLC.

There are more than 100 local unions affiliated to (are members of) the New Westminster & District Labour Council, representing a total membership of approximately 60,000. Locals have members who work within our geographical region covering the communities of Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Port Moody, Belcarra, Anmore, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley City and Langley Township in British Columbia.

The NWDLC is governed by an elected Executive of two officers plus 14 members representing local affiliate unions.

There are 11 Federal Ridings, 24 Provincial Constituencies, 14 Municipalities and 7 School Boards in our area.


Get in touch with us using this handy form!

Our office is located at 105-3920 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC  V5G 4K7

Phone: 604-291-9306
Email: nwdlc@shawcable.com
Twitter: @nwdlc
acebook: NWDLC