Human rights and employment equity in federally regulated workplaces
In many cases, employment standards are regulated by provincial and territorial governments. However, if you are a service provider for the federal government or an employer of a private company regulated by the federal government, you should learn about your obligations under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act.
The industry sectors that are regulated federally are:
- Marine shipping, ferry and port services
- Air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines
- Railway and road transportation that involves crossing provincial or international borders
- Canals, pipelines, tunnels and bridges (crossing provincial borders)
- Telephone, telegraph and cable systems
- Radio and television broadcasting
- Grain elevators, feed and seed mills
- Uranium mining and processing
- Businesses dealing with the protection of fisheries as a natural resource
- Many First Nation activities
- Most federal crown corporations
- Private businesses necessary to the operation of a federal act
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