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 the following parties to promote fair, safe and productive workplaces, and collaborative workplace relations:

  • provincial and territorial governments
  • unions
  • employers
  • international partners, and
  • other stakeholders


Services and information

Wage Earner Protection Program

Receive possible payment of outstanding eligible wages if your employer is bankrupt or in receivership.

File a labour standards complaint

Monetary complaints for unpaid wages or other amounts; unjust dismissal; genetic testing and more.

Equality and inclusion

Rights and responsibilities related to workplace equality in the federal jurisdiction.

Federal labour relations

Collective bargaining process, dispute prevention programs, training workshops and arbitration appointments

Submit your annual health and safety reports

Employers must submit annual reports to the Labour Program. Know how to complete and submit your reports.

Collective bargaining

Access customized information on industrial relations and collective bargaining.

Accidents in the workplace: Employee compensation

Compensation to federal government employees who are injured while on the job or become ill because of their work.

Administrative monetary penalties

A fine to encourage employers to comply with labour standards and workplace health and safety laws

Hire student interns

Steps for employers who are federally regulated and want to hire student interns

Negotech Search

Access the full text of the collective agreements, important benefit changes and latest wage adjustments.

International affairs

Internationally recognized labour standards and forums, and negotiating labour cooperation agreements.

What we are doing

Corporate information

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