Workplace information

If you plan to work in British Columbia, you have certain rights that are set by laws or by your contract of employment. In most cases, you can claim these rights as a permanent resident or as a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW).

Your Contract

Your contract is the agreement between you and your employer. It should state terms such as the rate of pay, hours of work and overtime. Always keep a copy of your contract. It will help if there is a dispute between you and your employer.

The contract cannot conflict with any laws that apply.

Human Rights

The B.C. Human Rights Code defines the rights of B.C. residents. It prohibits discrimination in employment.

  • Read detailed information about human rights in the workplace.
  • Contact the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal if you are experiencing discrimination and would like to make a complaint or want to learn more about the Tribunal’s process.

Employment Standards

For most jobs, the Employment Standards Act sets out rules for hours of work, time off, notice, severance pay and other topics.

Labour Unions

If your job is covered by a labour union, the B.C. Labour Relations Code defines the rights and obligations that apply. The Guide to the Labour Relations Code describes how it works.

Safety Standards

All employees have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. WorkSafeBC sets minimum health and safety standards that employers must meet.

Job Termination

If you lose your job, you may have a right to compensation or a period of notice. Your contract may give you additional rights.