July 31, 1961
Steelworkers join other trade unionists to help create the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canada.

July 1, 1962
NDP government in Saskatchewan enacts Medical Insurance Act, the beginning of universal health care in Canada

Solbec miners in Quebec participated in a historical strike fighting for the remittance of union dues. Steelworkers had to collect monthly dues from each worker. Winning in 1965 the remittance of dues, the right to negotiate in French with multi-employers became a very important victory for the FTQ. By the end of the '60s it allowed the Steelworkers in Quebec to create an international strike and defense fund.