Labour Program: Current and future legislative and regulatory changes

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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From 2017 to 2021, the Labour Program is proposing a number of amendments to the Canada Labour Code. Get the latest information (for example consultations, reports, events and announcements) on legislative and regulatory changes affecting federally regulated workplaces.

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Timeline for legislative and regulatory changes

Labour Program – Current and future legislative and regulatory changes (with Infographic)

Occupational health and safety

Current and future legislative and regulatory changes for occupational health and safety.

Harassment and violence in the workplace

Read the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations – What We Heard report.

Standards on use of protection equipment and other preventive measures (new) 

Read about the changes to Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Labour standards

Hard-working Canadians deserve to have fair working conditions, to be paid properly and to enjoy a work-life balance. Find out about current and future legislative and regulatory changes to standard hours, wages, vacations and holidays.

Flexible work arrangements 

Starting on September 1, 2019, employees working in federally regulated workplaces and their employers will have even more options to help achieve work-life balance. Read about the regulations.

Compliance and enforcement

Learn about the improvements to address complaints about unpaid wages.

Modernizing labour standards

Read about the legislation to support good-quality jobs receiving Royal Assent.


Read the proposed regulations to protect interns and limit unpaid internships.

Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards

Learn more about the creation of an independent Expert Panel to examine five key issues related to the changing nature of work, such as the federal minimum wage and the "right to disconnect".

Wage fairness

All Canadians deserve to be treated fairly and paid properly for the work they do.

Wage Earner Protection Program

Learn more about the consultation to improve the Wage Earner Protection Program and make it more equitable.

Pay equity

Learn about the new proactive pay equity legislation receiving Royal Assent.

Pay transparency (new)

Read the proposed changes to the Employment Equity Regulations, and share your comments by September 7, 2019.

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What We Heard: Modernizing Labour Standards - Transcript

We engaged with thousands of Canadians to ask you one big question.

(Text appears on screen: "What should modern federal labour standards look like?")

What should modern federal labour standards look like?

And here's what you had to say:

You said that the world is changing and so is the workplace.

You asked for improved access to leaves and annual vacation, additional support for better work-life balance, better protection for employees in non-standard employment, updated rules for when employment is terminated, and good wages and benefits.

Thank you for your feedback, Canada!

(Text appears on screen: "Thank you".)

We heard what you had to say, and we will continue to work with you to improve workplace conditions for a better future for Canadian workers.

(Various photos of federally regulated employees and the title "Modernizing Labour Standards" appear on screen.)

(Hashtag appears on screen: "#LabourStandards".)

Read the full report and join the conversation!

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