Acts and regulations: Labour Program
If you work in a federally regulated industry or workplace, the Labour Program’s list of acts and regulations apply to you.
Generally, labour acts and regulations cover the following topics:
- Industrial relations, including certification of unions, labour-management relations, collective bargaining and unfair labour practices
- Workplace health and safety
- Labour standards, including general holidays, annual vacations, working hours, unjust dismissals, minimum wage, layoff procedures and severance pay
The Labour Program is responsible for administering acts and regulations, and for implementing government-wide regulatory initiatives:
Acts and regulations
The Labour Program is responsible for administering certain federal acts and regulations.
Access these federal acts and regulations at the following link(s):
Planned or anticipated changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan and stock review plan)
The Labour Program publishes a public list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes that the Labour Program intends to bring forward over a 24-month period (Forward Regulatory Plan).
The Forward Regulatory Plan landing page includes a link to the Labour Program’s stock review plan, which is the Labour Program’s plan to review its entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. The stock review plan includes:
- a list of the regulations that will undergo a review, prioritized in a way that makes sense to the regulator and stakeholders
- a time frame for the review(s)
View the Forward Regulatory Plan at the following link: Forward Regulatory Plan.
How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided (Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements)
Labour Program’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:
- outlines the commitments, practices and tools that the Labour Program applies when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met
- identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided
View the Labour Program’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements at the following link: Interpretation policy.
Number of administrative burden requirements in regulations (Administrative Burden Baseline initiative)
The Administrative Burden Baseline initiative requires departments and agencies to:
- establish a baseline count of federal regulatory requirements that impose administrative burden on business
- annually update and report publicly on the count of baseline requirements
View the number of administrative burden requirements in regulations administered by the Labour Program at the following link: Labour Program Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2019.
Other regulatory information
- Interpretations, Policies and Guidelines (IPGs)
- Changes to the Canada Labour Code and other acts to better protect workplaces
- Ministerial Orders:
- Order Respecting Periods Under Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Labour Code (COVID-19)
- Explanatory note for the Ministerial Order to temporarily extend the validity periods for first aid certifications
- Order extending a period established by the Wage Earner Protection Program Act (COVID-19)
- Explanatory note for the Order Extending a Period Established by the Wage Earner Protection Program Act (COVID-19)
All of the Government of Canada’s acts and regulations can be found on the Justice Laws website.
Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:
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