Public Service Alliance of Canada

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Full name Public Service Alliance of Canada
Founded 1966
Members 172,000 (2012)[1]
Affiliation CLC, PSI
Key people Robyn Benson, president
Office location Ottawa, Ontario
Country Canada

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is one of Canada’s largest national labour unions, with members in every province and territory. In fact, it is the biggest union in the Canadian Federal Public Sector. PSAC members also work abroad in embassies and consulates.

While many of PSAC’s 172,000 members work for the federal government, crown corporations or agencies as immigration officers, fisheries officers, food inspectors, customs officers, national defence civilian employees, and the like, an increasing number of PSAC members work in the private sector: in women’s shelters, universities, security agencies and casinos. In Northern Canada, the PSAC represents most unionized workers employed by the governments of the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and some municipalities.

PSAC’s National President is Robyn Benson who won election following her predecessor's (John Gordon's) retirement in May 2012. Prior to being the PSAC National President, Benson was the Regional Executive Vice-president of the PSAC for the Prairie region..

PSAC's Ottawa headquarters building, designed in 1968 by Paul Schoeler, is a notable example of modernist architecture in Ottawa.[2]



  • Robyn Benson (UTE), 2012–present
  • John Gordon (GSU), 2006-2012
  • Nycole Turmel (CEIU), 2000-2006
  • Daryl Bean (PWU/GSU), 1985-2000
  • Pierre Samson (CEIU), 1982-1985
  • Andy Steward (AU), 1976-1982
  • Claude Edwards, Civil Service Federation of Canada (CSFC), 1966-1976


  • Atlantic
  • British Columbia
  • National Capital Region
  • North
  • Ontario
  • Prairies
  • Québec


  1. ^ Membership info from PSAC web site -
  2. ^ "Architect took risks to modernize Canada". Ottawa Citizen (Canwest Global). Retrieved 2009-10-08. 

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