Information and Forms

The Employment Standards Branch administers the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces.

The purposes of the Act are:

  • To ensure that employees in BC receive at least basic standards of compensation and conditions of employment;
  • To promote the fair treatment of employees and employers;
  • To encourage open communication between employers and employees;
  • To provide fair and efficient procedures for resolving disputes over the application and interpretation of the Act;
  • To foster the development of a productive and efficient labour force that can contribute fully to the prosperity of BC;
  • To contribute in assisting employees to meet work and family responsibilities.


Education Seminars are held monthly in order to answer questions and provide education regarding the rules and responsibilities of Employment Agencies, Talent Agencies, and Farm Labour Contractors under the Employment Standards Act.

The Interpretation Guidelines Manual (IGM) explains section by section how the Director interprets the Act and the Regulation. The IGM gives commentary and examples of situations which arise under the legislation.

A number of factsheets and videos are available which provide information on common topics covered by the Act. For additional information please visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

The Guide to the Employment Standards Act is a brief summary of the most basic information contained in the Act and the Regulation.


The Employment Standards Branch uses a variety of forms for things such as licensing applications for farm labour, employment agencies and talent agencies, employing domestic workers, employing young people, and for dispute resolution.

Telephone Inquiries

Speak to an agent 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, or listen to recorded messages at any time.

1 833 236-3700 Toll-free