Young Communist League of Canada

Young Communist League Of Canada

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Young Communist League of Canada

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The Young Communist League of Canada (YCL-LJC) is a Marxist-Leninist youth organization which fights to build a powerful youth and student movement across Canada and for socialism.

According to their website, from PCQ-PCC

:We are a multi-ethnic organization of youth, workers, women and men. We support democratic mass movements and struggles for peace, against racism, sexism, homophobia, national oppression, and environmental degradation.

:We work in our unions and workplaces for better wages and work conditions, and in our schools for democratic education, accessible to all.


The Young Communist League of Canada was founded at a convention in Toronto in 1923 as the youth wing of the Communist Party of Canada. Since that time the YCL has been active to various degrees, in international solidarity as well as young workers and students rights.

The 1920s: A Dream Coming into Birth

The YCL was founded in 1923 as the Young Workers League. Leslie Morris was its first General Secretary, from 1923 to 1924. It soon became a member of the Young Communist International, part of numerous YCLs around the world, the most notable being the Komsomol in the USSR upon which all other Young Communist Leagues became modeled.

Despite conditions of illegality, the YCL grew in the 1920s. The League was founded as the Young Workers League because of the War Measures Act banning Communist and other radical organizations in Canada. In the words of one its early...
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