Workers’ Party of Canada, Thursday 5 January 1922
The Communist Party of Canada (CPC) was secretly formed in a barn near Guelph, Ontario in 1921. As the War Measures Act, which outlawed subversive political parties, remained in effect until 1924, the CPC used the name Workers’ Party for its public activities. In December 1921, the CPC formally affiliated with the Moscow-controlled Communist International, or Comintern, which meant it used the same structure and followed the same policies as Communist parties around the world.
Although the CPC has always been a small fringe party compared to mainstream political parties in Canada, it influenced this country in ways that were far disproportionate to its size, especially the massive anti-Communism effort that was wielded against it.
Source: Vancouver Public Library, Special Collections #13310