Federal labour standards

Part III of the Canada Labour Code talks about federal labour standards. These set out the employment conditions for hours of work, payment of wages, leaves, vacation, holidays, and more. These standards apply to employees working in federally regulated businesses.

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Labour standards for interns

New workplace standards for interns and student interns.

Employer obligations towards interns

Employers must provide full labour standards protections to interns, and certain protections to student interns

Hours of work

Standard, maximum and overtime hours of work, and the trucking industry’s hours of work.

Vacation and general holidays

Annual vacation, general holidays and the vacation and general holiday pay calculators.


List of paid and unpaid leaves employees may be entitled to.

Filing a complaint

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

Wages, pay and deductions

Outline of wages, minimum wage, pay, deductions, and wage recovery assistance.

Termination of employment

Steps to follow when terminating an employment, including layoffs and group terminations.

Flexible work arrangements

Employees and employers can work together to help with balancing work and home life.

Employer compliance

Employer compliance with labour standards. How and what happens when they do not.

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