Share your thoughts on the new realities of working Canadians: The right to disconnect and gig work

Current status: Open

Opened on March 18, 2021 and will close to input on April 30, 2021.

The Government of Canada knows that as the way we work evolves, labour protections must evolve as well. They must evolve to reflect the realities of working Canadians. This includes protections such as those provided in the Canada Labour Code. In order to address today's workplace realities, the Government wants to better understand:

*Gig workers: Workers who enter into short-term contracts to complete specific and often one-off tasks.

Over the next few weeks, we want you to tell us what it is really like to work in Canada today. We want to hear from both workers and employers:

Tell us about it!

How to participate

There are several ways to participate in the online consultation.

You can participate at any time until April 30, 2021.

Share your ideas online

Share your views on these important issues through our online engagement platform.

Send us an email

Send us an email to with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard.

Participate on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter and join the discussion. Include @ESDC_GC in your Tweet.

Who this consultation will focus on

All Canadians are welcome to take part in this consultation.

On the issue of gig work, we would especially like to hear from anyone with experience as:

We are also interested in hearing from anyone who has contracted with such workers. To expand on the feedback we gain through this initial consultation, other consultations are planned for later this year.

On the issue of the right to disconnect, we are particularly interested in hearing from federally regulated employees and employers. Federally regulated workplaces include, among others, the following sectors:

A full list of federally regulated industries is available here.

Since October 2020, the Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee has been holding a series of meetings. The committee includes representatives from:

They will provide recommendations on how the Government could move forward with this commitment.

Key questions for discussion

The Government wants to understand how you think we should update federal labour protections. We also want to know:

Protecting the well-being of all workers is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Government is seeking to better understand the experiences of gig workers. This is to address today’s workplace realities. This includes those:

Additionally, the following factors have blurred the boundaries between what it means to be “at work” and “not at work”:

This is why the Government is working to develop a policy that gives federally regulated workers the right to disconnect. This policy will be co-developed with employers and labour groups.

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