Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

November 06, 2014 14:00 ET

Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Established

Merging of the Public Service Labour Relations Board and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 6, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, is pleased to announce the coming into force of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, which establishes the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board, an independent quasi-judicial tribunal that operates at arm's length from Government.

Today, the Government of Canada is pleased to confirm the appointment of David Olson and Margaret Shannon as vice-chairs of the Board. Merri Beattie, Nathalie Daigle, John Jaworski, Steven Katkin, Catharine Rogers, Michael McNamara and Stephan Bertrand have been appointed full-time members of the Board.

Quick Facts

  • The Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB), which will remain in the Canadian Heritage portfolio, will deal with matters that were previously dealt with by former boards under the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Public Service Employment Act.
  • The new Board results from the merger of the Public Service Labour Relations Board and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal, as announced in the Economic Action Plan Act, 2013, No. 2.
  • The mandate of the PSLERB is to protect the integrity of the staffing, promotion and layoff function, to protect federal employees' human rights, and to contribute to and promote effective labour relations in the federal public sector across Canada. The Board's authority impacts all employees in the federal public sector, who are critical to the well-being of the country and its citizens.
  • Catherine Ebbs, former Chair of the Public Service Labour Relations Board, was appointed Chair of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board on October 9, 2014, for a term of five years.
  • The Government is also creating the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC) to provide administrative support to 11 tribunals, including the PSLREB. All financial and human resources that currently support the Public Service Labour Relations Board and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal will be transferred to the ATSSC. This new organization will be part of the Justice portfolio.

Quotes

"As a responsible government, we are committed to controlling the size and cost of government operations to ensure value for taxpayer dollars. The newly established Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board will contribute to making government more efficient while providing the same level of service to public-service employees."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
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