Employers’ Advisers provide independent advice, assistance, representation and education to employers, potential employers and employer associations concerning workers' compensation issues under section 94 of the Workers Compensation Act. In fulfilling this mandate, Employers' Advisers:
The Employment Standards Branch administers the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces.
The purposes of the Act are:
The Employment Standards Branch is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone (within BC): 1-800-663-3316
Phone (Prince George or outside B.C.): 250-612-4100
The BC Labour Relations Board is an independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and adjudicate employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces.
The Labour Relations Code (the "Code") governs all aspects of collective bargaining amongst the provincially-regulated employers and employees. This includes the acquisition of collective bargaining rights, the process of collective bargaining, the settlement and regulation of disputes in both the public and private sectors, and the regulation of the representation of persons by their bargaining agents.
The Labour Relations Board is available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association (WCDWA) is a BC based non-profit organization promoting access to justice for migrant workers. The organization provides advice, representation and advocacy in the areas of immigration and employment law. They are also actively involved in employment and immigration policy review and law reform.
WCDWA facilitates access to justice for current and former:
In partnership with various community organizations, WCDWA holds legal education workshops for the public across BC. A staff lawyer and legal advocates present information on topics such as:
Contact WCDWA for a workshop scheduled in your area. A free legal drop-in clinic is offered in Vancouver on Saturdays (pre-registration is required).
The West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association
Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (by appointment only)
Suite #302 - 119 West Pender Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
Toll free: 1-888-669-4482
General inquiry form: http://www.wcdwa.ca/get-in-touch
The Workers' Advisers Office (WAO) provides free advice and assistance to workers and their dependants on disagreements they may have with WorkSafeBC decisions. WAO operates independently of WorkSafeBC.
When to contact WAO:
500 - 8100 Granville Avenue
Richmond, BC V6Y 3T6
Phone: 604 713-0360
Fax: 604 713-0311
Toll Free: 1 800 663-4261
For additional locations in BC, click on the following link: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/personal-injury-and-workplace-safety
WorkBC Employment Services Centres offer services that include job-search resources, personal employment planning, skills assessment and training, and work experience placement. WorkBC Services Centres are based on your home address. See the WorkBC website to find the service centre closest to you. WorkBC is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Toll Free: 1-877-952-6914
WorkSafeBC is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of this province. They consult with and educate employers and workers and enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
In the event of work-related injuries or diseases, WorkSafeBC works with the affected parties to provide return-to-work rehabilitation, compensation, health care benefits, and a range of other services. WorkSafe BC is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Worker services inquiries:
Claims Call Centre:
Toll Free: 1-888-967-5377
Employer & small business inquiries:
Toll Free: 1-888-922-2768