How to Contact the Labour and Employment Office in Your Province
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A Guide To Employment Standards Law in Your Province

How to Contact the Labour and Employment  Office in Your Province

Labour and Employment Law Authority and Administration Is Divided Between Provincial and Federal Governments.

The Canada Labour Code governs areas that the constitution provides regulatory power to the federal government, such as communications and inter-provincial transportation.  In other areas of unrestricted jurisdiction, the provinces and territories are empowered to enact and administer their own legislation. Please read on to find a labour and employment lawyer, or to learn more about labour and employment law.


Canadian Labour Law  and Employment Law

Know Your Employee Rights

Employment Standards Law Protect Your Rights As An Employee

Employment Law and Labour Law – What’s the Difference?


Employment standards help protect the rights of workers, foster cooperative relationships between employers and workers.


Equal opportunity for all of Canada's diverse population is essential to creating a motivated and innovative workforce in a 21st century economy.

Canadian Employment law regulates the rights, restrictions and obligations of non-unionized workers and employers in Canada.


Canadian Labour law regulates the rights, restrictions and obligations of trade unions, workers and employers in Canada.


Acts That Cover Your Basic Employment Rights


Hours of work, minimum wages, sick days, vacation and severance provisions…all of these and many more related items are spelled out as Employment Standards. These are the are the minimum standards established by law that define and guarantee rights in the workplace.

 Most workers in Canada - about 90 percent - are protected by the employment laws of their province or territory. Each province and territory has its own legislation.

It’s compulsory to place an Employment Standards Act poster in plain sight of employees for workplaces covered by this legislation.

 The other 10% of Canadian employees work in places that are federally regulated. If you are such an employee, the Labour Program administers the federal labour standards that define employment conditions in your place of work. Find out if you work in a federally regulated business or industry. If so your employment is governed by the Canada Labour Code.

Acts That Cover Discrimination and Employment Equity


The Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA)

prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, age and a number of other grounds. It came into force back in 1985. Since then it has been updated regularly.


 The Employment Equity Act (EEA) falls under the Department of Justice Canada.


These laws are meant to protect the rights of four “designated groups” in particular: women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, and visible minorities.


Men, especially white men have no rights in Canada anymore.


The Canadian Human Rights Act functions in conjunction with  the Employment Equity Act.


The major difference between the two is that the CHRA prohibits discrimination in general, whereas the EEA requires employers to use measures that improve employment opportunities for the four designated groups.


That means help wanted ads often say something like, "applications from women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, and visible minorities are encouraged." That is also code for "white men need not apply."

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