The mandate of the Labour Relations Agency is to encourage effective
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.
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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