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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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the PSLRB

What is the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) and what does it do?

The PSLRB is an independent quasi-judicial statutory tribunal responsible for administering the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems for both the federal public service and for Parliament. In accordance with its mandate, the PSLRB provides two main services*:

  • Adjudication services: Board members render decisions on complaints and labour relations matters and act as adjudicators in grievance hearings brought before them under the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA), and
  • Mediation services: Mediation provided by the PSLRB helps parties reach collective agreements, manage their relations under collective agreements, and resolve complaints and grievances in an effort to avoid formal adjudication hearings.

*The Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 amended the PSLRB's mandate, eliminating the compensation analysis and research function.

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What happened to the former Public Service Staff Relations Board (PSSRB)?

The PSSRB ceased to exist with the coming into force of the Public Service Labour Relations Act on April 1, 2005.

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What do Board members do and how are they selected?

Board members render decisions on complaints and labour relations applications, and act as adjudicators in grievance hearings. They may also serve as mediators.

Board members, other than the Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons, are selected by the Governor in Council from a list prepared by the Chairperson of the Board in consultation with public service bargaining agents and public service employers covered by the PSLRA. Recommendations are put forward and a list of persons eligible to be appointed to the Board is prepared.

To be eligible, an individual must have knowledge of or experience in labour relations. Appointments are to be made so as to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, there is a balance on the Board between persons recommended by employers and by bargaining agents. However, even though a Board member may have been recommended by one party or the other, he or she does not represent that party and is required to act impartially at all times. Board members are appointed by the Governor in Council for terms of no longer than five years and may be re-appointed any number of times.

For biographical information, please see Board members.

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What types of proceedings take place before the PSLRB?

Proceedings before the PSLRB include the following:

Grievances (individual, group or policy)

  • interpretation of collective agreements and arbitral awards
  • disciplinary action resulting in termination, demotion, suspension or financial penalty
  • demotion or termination for unsatisfactory performance or for any other non-disciplinary reasons
  • deployment without an employee’s consent

Complaints

  • unfair labour practices
  • reprisal actions taken for raising an issue under Part II of the Canada Labour Code

Applications

  • certification and revocation of certification
  • determination of successor rights
  • determination of managerial or confidential positions
  • determination of essential services agreements
  • review of prior Board decisions
  • requests for extensions of time to present grievances or to refer grievances to adjudication
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To which government department does PSLRB report?

As an independent quasi-judicial tribunal, the PSLRB is responsible to Parliament through a designated minister who is not a member of the Treasury Board. The designated minister is currently the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, who is responsible under the Public Service Labour Relations Act for tabling the PSLRB’s annual report to Parliament, for certain appointments under that Act and for signing documents required under the Financial Administration Act. The Chairperson of the Board is directly responsible and accountable to Parliament for the operation and administration of the PSLRB.

Why does the PSLRB post its decisions and orders on its website?

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.

Are privacy issues taken into consideration when the PSLRB posts its decisions on its website?

The PSLRB’s Policy on Openness and Privacy explains how privacy issues are taken into consideration when a decision has been rendered.

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I am concerned that my name will appear from a PSLRB decision when an Internet search is performed on the PSLRB website. Can anything be done to protect my privacy?

The PSLRB’s Policy on Openness and Privacy explains the measures that have been taken to prevent Internet searches of full-text decisions posted on the PSLRB’s website. The only decision-related information on the website indexed by Internet search engines are decision summaries and the PSLRB’s annual reports. We cannot guarantee that the technological measures will always be respected or free of mistakes or malfunctions. Please address your questions to the webmaster at: webmaster-webmestre@pslrb.gc.ca.

How is the PSLRB held to account for its operations?

There are two main documents that support the PSLRB’s accountability to Parliament, to its clients and stakeholders, and to the Canadian public. The first is the PSLRB’s annual report to Parliament and the second is its annual performance report to Parliament (DPR).

Under section 251 of the PSLRA, at the end of each fiscal year the PSLRB is required to prepare an annual report on the administration of the Act during the previous year. The report outlines, among other things, the PSLRB’s mission, accomplishments and challenges. The designated Minister — currently the Minister of Canadian Heritage — is required to table the report in each House of Parliament within the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after he or she receives it.

The DPR furnishes information on the results achieved by the PSLRB with the public funds entrusted to it. Effective public reporting is essential to transparency and accountability in the Canadian system of government. Performance reports are generally tabled in Parliament every fall.

The latest reports can be found under Reports.

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Does the PSLRB have regional offices?

The PSLRB does not have regional offices. The PSLRA sets the PSLRB’s head office to be in the National Capital Region. However, the PSLRB’s activities and services are offered across Canada.