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

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.

Employment equity

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

Workplace health & safety

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

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.

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.

Collective bargaining Information

Source of customized information on industrial relations and collective bargaining.

All of our services and information

What we are doing

Corporate information

The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour


Harassment and sexual violence in the workplace

Find out more on the public consultations on harassment and sexual violence in the workplace. Check out the What we heard report

Careers at ESDC/ Service Canada

See what jobs are available at ESDC/ Service Canada

National Day of Mourning – April 28

On National Day of Mourning, remember those who died, or were injured in the workplaces, and renew our commitment to prevention.

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