BC Employment Standards

The standard of living in B.C. ranks among the best in the world. In part, this is thanks to human and employment rights guaranteed by the province’s workplace laws and regulations.

There are numerous rights that exist for workplace matters specifically. These rights are protected under B.C. law, regulations and codes of conduct, ranging from standards that ensure safe working conditions and minimum wages, to rules and regulations that address how job complaints and terminations must be handled. Many Canadian laws also apply to workplace rights in B.C.


A number of factsheets 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 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday, or listen to recorded messages at any time. Find your local employment standards branch here: (hyperlink to http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/contact/welcome.htm)

Within BC: 1 800 663-3316

Out of province or Prince George area: 250 612-4100