British Columbia's Ministry Of Labour

The Ministry of Labour and its agencies are responsible for British Columbia’s labour and employment statutes. Through these bodies, the Ministry’s mandate is to promote fair, healthy and safe labour and employment relationships.

Ministry of Labour Responsibilities

In particular, the Ministry of Labour exists to ensure effective administration and enforcement of the following legislation:

This responsibility extends to overseeing the following:

  • WorkSafeBC – the agency that administers and enforces the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR)
  • Labour Relations Board – the independent, administrative tribunal established by the Labour Relations Code (LRC)
  • Employment Standards Tribunal – the administrative tribunal established by the Employment Standards Act (ESA)
  • Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal – the final level of appeal in the workers’ compensation system of B.C., independent of WorkSafeBC

Understanding the Ministry of Labour as a Small Business Owner


There are numerous ways the Ministry of Labour impacts your small business. Primarily, of the above legislation, the Employment Standards Act regulates most employers in British Columbia. Within the Act are minimum standards for basic employee rights such as, wage, annual vacation and vacation pay, hours of work and overtime, and statutory holidays. Failure to comply could result in administrative and financial penalties, or even prosecution. In the event of a proactive workplace inspection, you’ll want to ensure your business is fully compliant.

What are you doing to ensure your business is setup for success? Ask Employer Line’s team of HR professionals for advice. We help employers understand the Ministry of Labour and the best practices for your business.

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