Workplace Legislation Review

Workplace Legislation Review


The Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code came into effect in 1988.

The Employment Standards Code and Regulation establish the minimum standards for all employment relationships under provincial jurisdiction and apply to the majority of workers in Alberta. This Code provides working Albertans with rights and protections through standards on hours of work, overtime, general holidays, special leaves, vacation and more.

The Labour Relations Code is the main piece of legislation that applies to union-management relationships.

Why is a review needed?

Alberta has some of the oldest workplace legislation in Canada. Both the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Codes have not been significantly updated in almost 30 years. The nature of work and family life has changed a lot since then.

A review is needed to ensure Alberta has fair, modern and family-friendly workplaces that support a growing economy. Albertans should be able to go to work and contribute to our economy while still being able to care for themselves and their families.

What will the review cover?

This review will cover workplace legislation that governs the minimum standards for employers and the collective bargaining system.

The survey on employment standards will seek feedback on the following topics:

  • Maternity, parental and compassionate care leaves
  • Introducing leave for the care of critically ill children
  • Other job-protected leaves in relation to the federal Employment Insurance program
  • Improving enforcement and administration

On labour relations, the review will focus on mainstreaming the Labour Relations Code, which may include collective bargaining processes and rules, and the functions of the Labour Relations Board. Learn more about the labour relations review.

How can I participate?

We want to hear from Albertans about how we can improve our workplace rules to make life better for everyone. Share your ideas by completing the online survey on employment standards. You can also send in your comments.

Feedback will be accepted until April 18, 2017.


Provide your feedback by completing the online survey below.

Start Employment Standards Code Review Survey

Written Submissions

Additional feedback on employment standards and labour relations can also be submitted to:

Workplace Legislation Feedback
c/o Workplace Policy and Legislation
Alberta Labour
7th Floor, 10808–99 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 0G5

How does Alberta compare?

The Employment Standards Code hasn’t been significantly updated since 1988. A lot has changed in Alberta and Canada since then. See comparisons with other jurisdictions.

Modified: 2017-03-15
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