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Ministry of Citizens' Services

About Labour

The B.C. Government supports success and prosperity for workers and employers by providing a framework for healthy, safe and stable work environments. Our labour laws encourage a stable labour relations climate; help foster economic stability; and attract investors, employers and employees to our province.

Three main areas of legislation cover employment standards, labour relations and workplace safety.

1. Employment Standards

Minimum standards for wages and working conditions in most B.C. workplaces are set under the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. They provide a framework for a fair and balanced approach to employers and employees alike so that businesses and workers prosper in British Columbia. B.C. upholds rights for all employees, including our province’s most vulnerable, providing basic standards that ensure all are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

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2. Labour Relations

Collective bargaining in British Columbia is governed by the Labour Relations Code, which is administered by the BC Labour Relations Board. The Board is an independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and adjudicate employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces.
B.C. labour relations laws provide an effective framework for collective bargaining that is responsive to the needs of employers, unions and the public. It deals with the requirements for establishing union representation, collective bargaining and applying the terms of the collective agreement.

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3. Workplace Safety

Workplace safety in British Columbia is governed by the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). WorkSafeBC administers the Act and the OHSR, which contains legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces.

Our mission through WorkSafeBC is to create safe, healthy work environments, because everyone deserves to arrive home safely after a day’s work. When accidents do happen, WorkSafeBC is there to provide support to injured workers and families who are affected.

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