On November 1, 2014, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) was created. The PSLREB was created when the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (PSST) merged. This PSLRB website is in the process of being phased out in favour of the new PSLREB website. During a period of transition, this PSLRB website will continue to provide archived reports, decisions, and transitional information. Please visit the new PSLREB website for the most recent content.
The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal mandated by the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) to administer the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems in the federal public service. It is also mandated by the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act to perform the same role for the institutions of Parliament. As well, as a result of transitional provisions under section 396 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2009, the PSLRB is responsible for pay equity complaints for the public service that were, and may be filed with, the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
On December 12, 2013, the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 received royal assent. That Act amended the PSLRB's mandate to eliminate the compensation analysis and research function.
Also included in that Act are provisions to merge the PSLRB and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (PSST) into an organization to be called the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). The new Board will deal with matters that were previously dealt with by those former Boards under the PSLRA and the Public Service Employment Act, respectively, which will permit proceedings under those Acts to be consolidated. Provisions to create the new Board will come into force on a date that has yet to be determined by Order in Council.
Until that time, the PSLRB and the PSST will continue to operate independently while working jointly and with other stakeholders to create the new PSLREB.
The PSLRB is unique in that it is one of the few bodies of its type in Canada that combine both adjudication functions and responsibilities as an impartial third party in the collective bargaining process. By resolving labour relations issues in an impartial manner, the PSLRB contributes to a productive and efficient workplace that benefits Canadians from coast to coast through the smooth delivery of government programs and services.
The PSLRB came into being on April 1, 2005, with the enactment of the PSLRA, replacing the Public Service Staff Relations Board, which had existed since 1967 when collective bargaining was first introduced into the federal public service.
The PSLRB's Policy on Openness and Privacy explains why information filed with the PSLRB is generally available to the public and why it could be reported in a decision posted on the PSLRB website and distributed to publishers. To access summaries and full-text of PSLRB decisions, please visit our decisions page.