We are part of the Employment and Social Development Canada portfolio.
The Labour Program is responsible for protecting the rights and well-being of both workers and employers in federally regulated workplaces. We work closely with provincial and territorial governments, unions, employers, international partners, and other stakeholders to promote fair, safe and productive workplaces and collaborative workplace relations.
Services and information
Find out about the latest information (consultations, reports, events and announcements) on legislative and regulatory changes affecting federally regulated workplaces.
Find out about impairment and cannabis in the workplace, and learn how you can address any kind of impairment at work.
Find out about your obligations and your rights related to wages, vacation and other leave, statutory holidays, hours of work and overtime.
Information on the possible payment of outstanding eligible wages to individuals whose employer is bankrupt or in receivership.
Learn about workplace hazards, rights and responsibilities, health and wellness, injury prevention, compensation, prosecutions and the federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
Learn about employer obligations related to workplace equality in the federal jurisdiction.
Information about the collective bargaining process for workplaces in the federally regulated private sector (including the appointment of conciliation and mediation officers), dispute prevention and training programs, and arbitration appointments.
Source of customized information on industrial relations and collective bargaining.
Information on the Labour Program's international activities, including the promotion of internationally recognized labour standards through international, fora and the negotiation of labour cooperation agreements.
A searchable repository, which provides access to the full text of the collective agreements, important benefit changes and latest wage adjustments.
Independent and objective research studies in support of its policy development work and reports that assist the department in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its activities.
What we are doing
- Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace Consultation
- Highlights of the consultation
- Harassment and sexual violence in the workplace public consultations - what we heard
- Amendments to the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
- Flexible Work Arrangements
- Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, marking the National Day of Mourning
- Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
- Statement by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, on negotiations between CP Rail and the TCRC and IBEW
- Statement by Minister Hajdu about the Youth 7 Summit
Cannabis in Canada. Get the facts
Cannabis became legal for adults in Canada on October 17, 2018. Get the facts.
Duration of compassionate care leave extended
An unpaid leave that allows an employee to take up to 28 weeks of leave within a 52-week period to provide care and support to a family member who has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death.
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service review of fiscal year 2017 to 2018 is now available.
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