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


Last revised Apr. 25, 2024

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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. 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 labour law only. The purpose of this site is to facilitate a general understanding of how labour law works in each country and in some cases include a bibliography and a list of links.
  • International Tax and Business Guides (Deloitte) – Scan for the labor relations and labor force section. Includes topics such as employee rights, working hours, wages, benefits, and labor-management relations.
  • Labour Studies Index

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