Quebec Ship Labourers' Benevolent Society National Historic Event

Québec, Quebec
Photo provided by the field unit in 2019 (© Parcs Canada | Parks Canada)
Plaque location
(© Parcs Canada | Parks Canada)
Address : 761 Champlain Street, Québec, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2005-11-28

Other Name(s):
  • Quebec Ship Labourers' Benevolent Society  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2004-059

Importance: One of the first examples of cooperation between different cultural groups to defend workers' rights and interests in a union context


Existing plaque:  761 Champlain Street, Québec, Quebec

One of the most important labour societies of the 19th century, this organization marked a turning point in the collective promotion of workers' interests by combining mutual aid with union activities. The society provided its members with the security of an assistance program in the event of disease, accident, or death. Later, it also helped underpaid workers who performed dangerous tasks to fight for better working conditions. Founded in 1862 by a coalition of Irish and French-Canadian labourers, it was one of the first successful examples of solidarity among workers from different cultural groups.