Do employment standards apply to you?

Last updated on January 31, 2024

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Not every work issue is related to employment standards

Workplace safety or injuries

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Bullying or harassment

Get advice and resources to prevent and address workplace bullying or harassment.

Employment insurance or record of employment

Find out if you qualify, or get help with benefit payments or your record of employment (ROE).

Human rights or discrimination

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Tax documents

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Small claims disputes

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Work permits and immigration

Find out if you're eligible to work temporarily in Canada and how to apply for a work permit.

Support for forestry workers

Learn about programs to support forestry workers impacted by industry downturns in northern British Columbia.

Breaking the law

Report any criminal behaviour like theft or assault to the police. You can also get advice from a lawyer.


Not every workplace or type of work is covered by B.C. employment standards

Several types of workplaces, workers and professions set their own standards or are federally-regulated.

Unionized workplaces

Unions have collective agreements that set workplace standards for their members.

Independent contractors

Self-employed workers are responsible for setting their own workplace standards.


Some members of professional associations aren't covered by B.C. employment standards.

Specific regulations

Some sectors, industries or types of workers have specific regulations that only apply to them.

Excluded jobs

Workers performing specific types of duties or receiving certain benefits aren't covered by B.C. employment standards.


What you can do

If you're having issues at work and you're not sure whether B.C. employment standards apply, find out what you can do: