Labour Program

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

Current and future legislative and regulatory changes

Find out about the latest information (consultations, reports, events and announcements) on legislative and regulatory changes affecting federally regulated workplaces.

Impairment and cannabis in the workplace

Find out about impairment and cannabis in the workplace, and learn how you can address any kind of impairment at work.

Federal labour standards

Find out about your obligations and your rights related to wages, vacation and other leave, statutory holidays, hours of work and overtime.

Wage Earner Protection Program

Information on the possible payment of outstanding eligible wages to individuals whose employer is bankrupt or in receivership.

Workplace health & safety

Learn about workplace hazards, rights and responsibilities, health and wellness, injury prevention, compensation, prosecutions and the federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

Equality and inclusion

Learn about employer obligations related to workplace equality in the federal jurisdiction.

Federal labour relations

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.

Collective bargaining Information

Source of customized information on industrial relations and collective bargaining.

International affairs

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.

Reports and publications

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

Corporate information

The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour


Psychological Health in the Workplace

The image shows a team hand stack. The image represents that mental health in the workplace is a shared responsibility, and individuals should not be afraid to reach out to one another.

Building a supportive work environment promotes mental well-being that is beneficial for everyone.

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.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service review of fiscal year 2017 to 2018 is now available.

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