The mandate of the Labour Relations Agency is to encourage effective relationships between employees and employers through:
These goals are pursued through the effective administration and enforcement of applicable legislation administered under the powers and duties of the Minister.
The Labour Relations Agency’s vision is of an optimal employment relations climate contributing to economic growth, competitiveness and shared prosperity.
The Labour Relations Agency’s ability to promote effective employment relations requires that stakeholders have a high level of trust and confidence in the independence of the Agency’s staff and in the quality of its services. To this end, the Agency’s organizational culture promotes three key values: professionalism, respect and partnership.
The Agency's Labour Standards Division administers the province's Labour Standards Act, which mandates minimum terms and conditions of employment in the province. The Division also administers the Shops Closing Act, which sets the observance of holidays in the province when shops must be closed. This is achieved by:
The Agency's Labour Relations Division is responsible for serving employees and employers who operate within the framework of the collective bargaining system as set out in the province's Labour Relations Act and other collective bargaining legislation. Services include:
The Agency's Policy and Planning Division is responsible for the provision of information and research related to the employment relations climate of the province and for the review and enhancement of the Agency's policies, programs, services and legislative framework. This is accomplished through the effective administration of provincial labour legislation. Divisional services include:
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