Dec 1

List of Federally Regulated Companies in Canada, Toronto Employment Lawyer


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Canada is a ‘double jurisdiction’ legal environment. That means that based on our federalist system employees working within the same province can be subject to different laws.  There are some industries which are governed by the Federal law as they are Canada-wide industries, crossing borders with their business, where as many industries are governed by Provincial law as their business pertains specifically to the province in which they are operating.

For instance someone working at a bank is governed by the Canada Labour Code, whereas the employee working in the corner store, accountant office, or even for an insurance company owned by the same bank would be under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000

While only about 6% of employees in Canada are federally regulated, there can be major difference between in the federal law that regulates their industry compared to their provincial counterparts. Monkhouse Law has written about provincial vs. federal employment in the past.  If you are interested, please check out the following link for more information:

The Federal matters are ones that were considered of national importance. From grain elevators in 1867 when the Constitution Act, 1867 was signed, to Uranium Processing today.

The main sectors governed by the Canada Labour Code are:
•Banking (ex. CIBC bank)
•Interprovincial/international transportation (ex. trucking companies, railways)
•Airports, and Air transportation (ex. Air Canada)
•Television, Telephone, Radio and Cable systems (ex. Rogers/Bell)
•Grain Elevators
•Uranium Mining and Processing
•First Nation Activities and Crown Corporations
In practice, all matters which are not federally regulated are, by default, provincially regulated.
The test for whether the matter is provincially regulated, or federally regulated is fact-specific and legally based. For instance, if a transportation company starts regularly running across provincial boundaries it will become federally regulated.

List of Federally Regulated Employers

Neither level of government keeps a list of federally regulated employers; however, certain departments within the federal government keep lists of larger federal employers which are regulated.
The LEEP (Legislated Employment Equity Program) keeps a list of all federally regulated employers with over 100 employees and who are not otherwise exempt, such as aboriginal organizations.
Based on an access to information request the lists are below:

Federally vs. Provincially Regulated Employees, what it means for you

Monkhouse Law Experts

If you need to make a decision on if your employer is federally or provincially regulated, or if the company that you own is federally regulated, you need an expert to make help make that determination.

Andrew Monkhouse, founder of Monkhouse Law, formally worked for the LEEP program and was involved in making decisions regarding the jurisdiction of companies, therefore the firm is on the leading edge of jurisdictional issues.

If you have any issues regarding jurisdiction, make sure to call Monkhouse Law today to arrange a meeting with an expert employment lawyer to assist you with your workplace issue. Contact us today.

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