Generally, labour refers to work in unionized work settings. Labour law is a body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which address the legal rights of, and restrictions on unionized workers and their employers.

Each province and territory has its own legislation relating to labour law. There are also federal labour laws that apply to workers in federally regulated industries that can include inter-provincial or international transportation, radio, television, postal service, banking and some crown corporations.

Related topics include:

  • Workplace health and safety
  • Labour Arbitration
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Human rights in the workplace
  • Industrial relations
  • Collective Agreements





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Other Sites

  • NATLEX – A database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department. Records in NATLEX provide abstracts of legislation and relevant citation information, and they are indexed by keywords and by subject classifications. Each record in NATLEX appears in one of the three ILO official languages (English/French/Spanish). Where possible, the full text of the law or a relevant electronic source is linked. NATLEX contains over 80,000 records covering 196 countries and over 160 territories and subdivisions.
  • National Labour Law ProfilesThis project is not updated anymore and kept for historical analysis of comparative labour law only.  This site provides a rapid overview of the labour law in a number of ILO member States. The purpose is to facilitate a general understanding of how the labour law works in each country. However, the profiles do not intend to give a comprehensive description of the labour law in any country. Where appropriate, a bibliography and a list of links is given.
  • International Tax and Business Guides (Deloitte) – Choose a location such as Canada. If a Guide is available, scan for the Labor relations and labor force section. Topics such as Employee rights, Working hours, Wages and benefits and Labor-management relations are covered briefly.

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