Restrictive Labour Laws directory


Title Jurisdiction Type of Legislation Datesort ascending

An Act to Eliminate Union Placement and Improve the Operation of the Construction Industry (Bill 33, December)

The legislation introduced undemocratic and anti-union provisions such as abolishing union hiring halls, eliminating the long-standing practice of majority rule for ratification of collective agreements, and increasing state-interference in the affairs of trade unions.

Quebec Restrictions on certification December 2011

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act, 2011 (Bill C-6, June)

This legislation force locked-out postal workers back to work, is bias against CUPW and its members. It imposed wage increases that are less than the employer’s last offer and referred all other outstanding issues to final offer arbitration and restricted the impariality of the arbitrator in deciding on a settlement.

Federal Government Back to work - settlement imposed June 2011

TTC Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011 (Bill 150, March)

This Act eliminates the right to strike by the transit workers and provides for binding arbitration, should negotiations fail to reach agreement.

Ontario Back to work - dispute sent to arbitration March 2011

An Act to ensure the continuity of the provision of legal services within the Government and certain public bodies, 2011 (Bill 135, February)

This Act ended a two week strike by the provinces 1,500 government lawyers crown prosecutors. It also imposed a five-year agreement on the lawyers with a six percent salary raise, far short of the 40 percent wage hike the Quebec Crown Prosecutors Association had been asking for during negotiations.

Quebec Back to work - settlement imposed February 2011

An Act to Amend the Labour Act of Prince Edward Island, 2011 (Bill 35, January)

This Act amends the provincial Labour Act to add employees of ambulance service providers as well as dispatchers for police, fire and ambulance services to the list of essential workers who cannot strike but must instead go to binding arbitration if contract negotiations break down.

Prince Edward Island Restrictions on scope of bargaining January 2011

Ambulance Services Collective Agreement Act, 2009 (Bill 21, November)

This legislation imposed a contract on B.C.’s ambulance paramedics after a seven-month strike in which workers had continued to work at essential service levels

British Columbia Back to work - settlement imposed November 2009

Essential Services in Nursing Homes Act, 2009 (Bill 41, May)

The legislation enacted a process for negotiating essential service designation levels for home care and support workers in 49 of the province’s private nursing homes in the event of a strike. Any disputes over designation levels will be referred to the Labour and Employment Board.

New Brunswick Restrictions on scope of bargaining May 2009

Construction Industry Labour Relations Amendment Act, 2009 (Bill 80, April 2010)

This legislation has three objectives: to eliminate sectoral bargaining in the construction industry, to allow the establishment of employer-dominated company unions and to greatly reduce the power of unions in the construction industry.

Saskatchewan Restrictions on scope of bargaining April 2009

Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act, 2009 (Bill C-10, March)

This Act, as part of the federal government’s 2009 Budget Implementation Act, removed the right of public sector workers to collectively file complaints for pay equity with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, forcing women to file complaints as individuals. It imposes a $50,000 fine on any union that encourages or assists their own members in filing a pay equity complaint.

Federal Government Restrictions on scope of bargaining March 2009

Expenditure Restraint Act, 2009 (Bill C-10, March)

This Act, as part of the federal government’s 2009 Budget Implementation Act, imposed caps on salary increases for federal government employees, prohibited any additional remuneration such as allowance, bonus, differential or premium and prohibited any changes to the classification system that resulted in increased pay rates. In several cases, the legislation override previously negotiated collective agreements containing wage increases above the imposed salary caps. 

Federal Government Suspension of bargaining rights March 2009