Eight things you need to know about Bill C-4

  1. Health and Safety

    Bill C-4 took away the democratic rights of federal public sector employees and seriously undermines the health and safety protections in the Canada Labour Code covering workers under federal jurisdiction. 

  2. Essential Services

    The employer has the unfettered right to determine what constitutes an essential service and which workers perform essential services.

  3. Dispute Resolution

    Public sector workers are no longer able to choose their dispute resolution process - conciliation/strike or arbitration. 

  4. Arbitration

    Arbitration boards are no longer independent.

  5. Compensation

    Compensation analysis and research services, which were key functions of the Public Service Labour Relations Board, have been eliminated.

  6. Laid off workers

    This bill means fewer rights for laid off workers and changed the definition of “danger” to only include “imminent” risks.

  7. Health and Safety Officers

    All authority and powers of Health and Safety Officers has been placed with the Minister. 

  8. Discrimination

    The law prevents public service employees from filing discrimination complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.




February 1, 2016