Jurisdiction of the CIRB

The Board's jurisdiction under the Canada Labour Code is limited to private sector works, undertakings and businesses that come within the legislative authority of the Parliament of Canada. These include:

  • Broadcasting
  • Banking
  • Postal services
  • Airports and air transportation
  • Shipping and navigation
  • Interprovincial or international transportation by road, railway, ferry or pipeline
  • Telecommunications
  • Grain handling
  • Uranium mining and processing

The Board also has jurisdiction over:

  • Most public and private sector activities in the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories
  • Some First Nations undertakings
  • Federal Crown corporations (including, among others, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and the national museums)

In addition to broadcasters and Crown Corporations, the Status of the Artist Act applies to federal government departments and agencies.

The Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada also plays a role in the administration of the Canada Labour Code Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) and Part III (Labour Standards).

If you are a federal public servant, you are subject to the Public Service Labour Relations Act, administered by the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board.

If you do not work in one of the areas listed above, you may have similar rights under provincial legislation.

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