Black and white collage from IBEW Local 353's history

IBEW Local 353 was chartered on February 2, 1903.  Local 353 – like many other Canadian locals – collapsed in 1908.  Local 353 was reinstated under a tentative agreement in September 1914 and, of course, remains very active today.

  • Founded on February 2, 1903.
  • Licensed Journeymen’s Association merges with IBEW Local 353.
  • IBEW Local 353’s 1st Apprenticeship Plan is underway 1928.
  • The Industrial Standards Act is established -The 1935 Industrial Standards Act was designed to eliminate unfair competition. IBEW Local 353’s then Business Manager, Cecil Shaw & President Jack Nutland were primarily responsible for the negotiation of the agreement.
  • 1953 – IBEW Local 353 Celebrates its 50th Anniversary – Over 2000 people attended in the Automotive Building at the CNE Grounds.
  • The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is created 1956 – The CLC was created to unite Canada’s unions under one banner to advance the rights of Canada’s working people.
  • The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is established 1957.
  • First Education Committee meeting is held & technical courses are offered on an ad-hoc basis 1977.
    CLC-Building Trades Split 1981.
  • The 33rd IBEW Convention is hosted in Toronto for the first time 1986.
  • The Toronto Electrical Industry Benefit Administrative Services (TEIBAS) is founded 1990 – This organization administers the group benefit and pension plans and provides service exclusively to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 353 members.
  • The Grand Opening of the new IBEW Local 353 Union Hall at 1377 Lawrence Avenue East 1992.
  • The Toronto Training Centre is opened, starting off with four classrooms 1992.
  • The Mississauga Training Centre is opened in 2009.
  • IBEW Locals 1739 and 894 merge into Local 353 2012.
  • The Barrie Training Centre is opened in 2012 with a joint classroom/shop area.
  • In June 2017 the new Oshawa Training Centre opened.