CFL/CFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement

The CFL bargaining committee and CFLPA executive agreed on a second tentative agreement on May 26th, 2022 and the player ratification vote occurred the same evening and was passed. The league board of governors ratified the agreement on May 31, 2022. The agreement runs to Dec. 31, 2029.

Earlier, after a brief strike, the CFL and CFLPA executive agreed to a tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement late on May 18th, 2022. Recommended for acceptance by the player’s association executive to its members, it was rejected by the CFLPA membership. This led to a revised proposal submitted to the CFLPA by the league.

CFLCFLPA Collective Agreement 2022 (pdf)

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Previous Agreements

Note: The below does not refer to the current CBA, and is here for historical reference. Referring to any links or sources below to understand the current agreement would be an error.

The previous Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CFL and CFLPA was ratified May 22, 2019. Initial media reports listed highlights of the deal from undisclosed sources, but the full text of the agreement was released in January 2020 (link below). The agreement lasts three years through the 2021 season, expiring the day before the 2022 training camp starts.

CFLCFLPA Collective Agreement 2019 (pdf) (Thanks to Tim Capper). Alternate sources at Scribd and 3DownNation. Hat tip to Daniel Austin.

3DownNation has additional details/summary from a CFLPA memo to its members.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CFL and CFLPA prior to 2019 was ratified June 13, 2014.

CFLCFLPA Collective Agreement 2014 (pdf) Includes Appendices A, B, C, D courtesy reader Lee Boyko. A text searchable (note: 6x larger) version of the CFLCFLPA Collective Agreement 2014 text (pdf) is also available courtesy CFLdb.

For historical purposes, a summary of the 2010 agreement and the new performance enhancing drug testing policy are available.

If you can provide a copy of any official CFL documents, please contact me. Please do not link directly to the any documents, but link to this page instead.

For reference, here are copies of the previous CBA’s.

The following appendices have been provided by anonymous benefactors of CFLdb (Note: these are the appendices included with the 2006 CBA and are not the most current documents as passed by the Board of Governors):

These are not current documents, and, like all things on CFLdb, are provided for informational and entertainment purposes only.

The book International sports law and business, Volume 1 includes case law from a few CFL franchise vs. player lawsuits along with other Canadian football legal discussions.

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