International employment law guide—Canada
International employment law guide—Canada

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • International employment law guide—Canada
  • The questions raised in the guide

The international employment law guide for Canada is presented in a Q&A format. The questions are set out below. The guide can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlink immediately below:

Canada

The questions raised in the guide

Legislation and agencies

  1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?

  2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?

  3. What are the primary government agencies or other entities responsible for the enforcement of employment statutes and regulations?

Worker representation

  1. Is there any legislation mandating or allowing the establishment of employees’ representatives in the workplace?

  2. What are their powers?

Background information on applicants

  1. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against background checks on applicants? Does it make a difference if an employer conducts its own checks or hires a third party?

  2. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against requiring a medical examination as a condition of employment?

  3. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against drug and alcohol testing of applicants?

Hiring of employees

  1. Are there any legal requirements to give preference in hiring to, or not to discriminate against, particular people or groups of

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