Welcome to the CIRB

Welcome to the CIRB’s Website.

Operations Update

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Industrial Relations Board modified its operations to allow it to operate, process applications, and conduct votes, hearings, mediations and case management meetings.  Some of these changes have been beneficial and continue to apply.  This will provide an overview of some operational requirements.

We also continue to monitor the recommendations of governments and public health units. Our primary focus is the health and safety of Board members, staff, parties, their representatives, and witnesses who appear before the Board, as well as the public.

For more information, you can call our toll-free number at 1-800-575-9696.

Please review Instructions and Operational Measures for further guidance.

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (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) and Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code. The CIRB is also responsible for the interpretation and administration of Part II (Professional Relations) of the Status of the Artist Act and appeals under the Wage Earner Protection Program Act.

The Board’s mandate is to contribute to and promote a harmonious industrial relations climate in the federally regulated sector and contribute to health and safety and labour standards in the workplace through the impartial, effective and appropriate administration of the rules of conduct that govern employees, labour and management under the Canada Labour Code, the Status of the Artist Act and the Wage Earner Protection Program Act.

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 to proactively seek a resolution of matters that best meets the needs of the parties. Through this approach, the CIRB supports 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.

Since November 1, 2014, the CIRB obtains its support services from the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC). The ATSSC was created to consolidate the provision of support services to eleven administrative tribunals—including the CIRB—into a single, integrated organization. This administrative change does 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.

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