Employment and labour relations

Both the federal and provincial/territorial governments have jurisdiction over employment and labour relations in Canada.

  • Provincial governments are responsible for most employment matters.
  • The federal government has jurisdiction over certain industries, such as inter-provincial transportation, banking and communications.

Employers must comply with the provincial employment-related legislation in every province where they operate.

Available labour

Both provincial and federal government departments have information about labour markets, industry and job banks to help employers find workers.

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Bringing foreign workers to Alberta

Both provincial and federal programs can help employers hire foreign workers.

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Employment equity and human rights

Human rights legislation exists at both provincial and federal government levels. The legislation protects people from discrimination.

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Employment standards and labour code

Employers must follow provincial or territorial labour laws unless they are federally regulated.

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Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety legislation ensures employers and employees maintain a safe and healthy working environment.

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Payroll and benefits

Both federal and provincial legislation outlines employer responsibilities for payroll, pensions and benefits.

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Workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is a type of no-fault disability insurance. It is mandatory for most industries in Alberta.

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