Spring 2016 - Bill 4: Essential Services

Bill 4, An Act to Implement a Supreme Court Ruling Governing Essential Services, will modernize two key Alberta labour laws to reflect rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Both courts found Alberta’s public sector strike prohibitions interfere with collective bargaining.

The proposed legislation supports the collective bargaining process, places more responsibility for resolving labour disputes in the hands of employers and unions, and ensures Albertans have access to essential services in the event of a public sector strike.


Bill 4 passed third reading on May 27, 2016 and came into force on May 27, 2016.



Press releases

Proposed labour law will comply with Supreme Court ruling

Links & Resources

Alberta Labour - Essential Services Legislation in Alberta

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