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How do I know whether our workplace is governed by provincial or federal jurisdiction?

In the vast majority of cases, a workplace will be under the provincial jurisdiction of the province in which it is located. In some cases, however, the workplace will be federally regulated and federal legislation will apply, as will some provincial legislation. While all employers, regardless of jurisdiction, should consult legal counsel before terminating the employment relationship, this is especially necessary for employers that are federally regulated, due to the extraordinary remedies available to their terminated employees.

In general, only the following workplaces are under federal jurisdiction:

  • Air transport
  • Broadcasting
  • Chartered banks
  • Federal Crown corporations
  • Federal government employees
  • Feed and feed mills
  • Grain elevators
  • Interprovincial pipelines
  • Interprovincial trucking
  • Rail and water transport
  • Work directly for or on behalf of First Nations

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