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Canadian Labour and Employment Law Guide 2018

Author(s): Josh Fineblit, Melanie Simon, Jason Hanson

Updated March 2018

Legal professionals faced with employment and labour issues in Canada must be cognizant of the regulatory and legal framework that governs the employment landscape.

Created by Osler for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the Canadian Labour and Employment Law, 2018 guide is an essential, one-stop resource for legal professionals that encounter employment and labour issues in Canada. The InfoPAKSM offers a comprehensive overview of Canadian labour and employment laws, and addresses the minimum statutory rights and standards regarding the hiring, employment and termination of employees. It also explores union organizing and labour relations, providing a comprehensive list of labour relations websites. This guide uses charts to break down the minimum employment standards required in each Canadian jurisdiction, offering a thorough review for in-house counsel working for companies subject to Canadian employment regulation.

Topics covered in the guide include:

  • overview of the Canadian context
  • the employment relationship
  • termination of employment and wrongful dismissal
  • employment standards
  • executive employment arrangements
  • corporate transactions
  • human rights, employment equity and pay equity
  • privacy
  • union organizing
  • labour relations
  • health and safety workers’ compensation

This InfoPAKSM was written by Jason Hanson, Josh Fineblit, and Melanie Simon at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and produced by ACC. The ACC is the world’s largest community of in-house counsel, with more than 40,000 members in over 70 countries. This resource is one of many resources the ACC provides to its members. For more information, visit or email

Osler’s Employment and Labour Group delivers clear, practical and results-oriented legal advice on all aspects of employment and labour law. We offer strong, effective representation where workplace disputes arise and valuable insight into the best way to establish and implement realistic and reliable employment and labour practices.