Welcome to the CIRB

On behalf of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (the CIRB), I am pleased to welcome you to our Website.

The CIRB is an independent, representational, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for the interpretation and administration of Part I (Industrial Relations), and certain provisions of Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code.

As of April 1, 2013, the CIRB is also responsible for the interpretation and administration of Part II (Professional Relations) of the Status of the Artist Act, previously administered by the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal.

As a result of this new and expanded role, the CIRB’s mandate is two-fold. Our objectives are:

  1. to support constructive labour-management relations in the sectors regulated by Part I of the Canada Labour Code;
  2. to contribute to Canada’s cultural community by encouraging constructive professional relations between artists and producers in federal jurisdiction.

In order to fulfill its mandate, the CIRB provides a variety of dispute resolution services. It adjudicates matters where necessary, but it also focuses on providing mediation assistance at all stages of a proceeding, in order to proactively seek a resolution of matters that best meets the needs of the parties.

I am encouraged by the positive results that have been achieved by the CIRB through this approach in the past and I look forward to guiding the CIRB in its continued efforts to support labour and management as well as artists and producers in improving their workplace and professional relationships.

The purpose of this Website is to provide the public with general information about the CIRB, its procedures, and its services.

Elizabeth MacPherson

What's New


Effective November 1, 2014, the CIRB will obtain its support services from the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC). This administrative change will not affect the independence of the CIRB; applications, complaints and Ministerial referrals will continue to be filed, managed and dealt with in accordance with the Canada Industrial Relations Board Regulations, 2012 or the Status of the Artist Act Procedural Regulations and the CIRB’s existing policies and procedures. You may continue to deal with the National and Regional Offices listed on the CIRB’s Contact Us page. For further information about the ATSSC, please refer to its website.