Modernizing Federal Labour Standards – What We Heard



Labour standards establish the basic rights of employees regarding hours of work, holidays, leaves, wages and other working conditions. With significant economic and technological changes taking place in the world of work in recent years, it has become clear that these basic rights require modernizing.

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What We Heard: Modernizing Labour Standards

What We Heard – Key Issues

We heard one strong message throughout the consultations: The way Canadians work has changed, but federal labour standards have not. While the individuals and organizations we heard from differed on how best to modernize federal labour standards in the context of this change, they demonstrated a shared interest in exploring the issues further and sharing their views and experiences with us.

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Improving access to leaves and annual vacation

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Further supporting work-life balance

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Better protecting employees in precarious work

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Updating termination of employment provisions

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Good wages and benefits

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Consultation Highlights

Between May 2017 and March 2018, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and officials from the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada consulted with Canadians, unions and labour organizations, employers and employer organizations, academics, other experts and advocacy groups to get their perspectives on what a robust and modern set of federal labour standards should look like.


Visits to the online public consultation website


Survey participants


Personal stories


Written submissions


High-level roundtables


Online expert discussion forum posts

Next Steps

The Government is committed to taking action to update federal labour standards to reflect the realities of the 21st century workplace and the challenges of precarious work for workers in the federally regulated private sector.

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