Federal labour standards that apply to you

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Federal labour standards apply to full-time and part-time employees* and seasonal, temporary and casual employees who work in federal jurisdiction businesses and industries.

Federal jurisdiction businesses and industries include:

  • Interprovincial and international transportation
    • Railways
    • Road transportation – trucks and buses
    • Airports, aerodromes, airlines and aircraft operations
    • Marine navigation and shipping, port services and maintenance of waterways
    • Ferries, tunnels, canals and bridges
    • Pipelines – oil and gas
  • Grain
    • Grain elevators
    • Feed and seed mills
    • Feed warehouses and grain-seed cleaning plants
  • Banking
    • For example, the Bank of Canada
  • Uranium
    • Uranium mining and processing
    • Atomic energy
  • Telecommunications and broadcasting
    • Radio, television, telephone and Internet
  • Federal crown corporations
    • For example, Canada Post Corporation and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • First Nations band councils
    • Certain community services on reserves

Did you know?

18,000 employers and 900,000 employees (6% of all Canadian workers) are subject to federal labour standards.

* This includes unionized workers and temporary foreign workers in federally regulated businesses and industries.

For more information on federal labour standards, visit canada.ca/federal-labour-standards or contact the Labour Program.

A list of provincial and territorial Ministries of Labour can be found on the Federally Regulated Businesses and Industries page: canada.ca/regulated-industries

Telephone: 1-800-641-4049
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-926-9105

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