Workplace Standards

In Canada, federal and provincial laws protect workers and Definition ofemployers. Laws set Definition ofminimum wage levels, health and safety standards, and hours of work. Human rights laws protect employees from being treated unfairly because of their sex, age, race, religion, or disability.

Employment Standards

Definition ofEmployment Standards give detailed information on topics such as general holidays, annual vacation, hours of work, minimum wages, layoff procedures, and severance pay. It is important to remember that standards vary from province to province. To learn more about Canadian employment standards, visit the Labour Program's Employment Standards Web pages.

Minimum Wages

Each province and territory sets the minimum hourly wage for workers. The Government of Canada maintains an inventory of minimum wages. Visit the Labour Program's Minimum Wage Database to find the minimum wage in the province or territory where you intend to settle.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

All Canadian workers have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. The Government of Canada protects your rights through laws, programs, and services designed to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. To learn more about health and safety in the workplace, visit the Labour Program's Health and Safety Web pages.

Workplace Equality

As an employee, it is important to be aware of your rights. Employment equity is a distinct Canadian process for achieving equality in all aspects of employment. Information on workplace equity and employment equity programs can be found on the Labour Program's Equality in the Workplace Web pages.


Canada has laws to protect workers from Definition ofdiscrimination. For example, an employer must hire employees based on their qualifications. Employers cannot refuse to hire someone because they don't like their skin colour or religion. This is discrimination. In Canada you are also protected against discrimination based on age, sex, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. To learn more, visit the Canadian Human Rights Commission Web site.

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