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Bill C-4

* Status: Bill C-4 received Royal Assent in December 2013 *


Bill C-4, the budget implementation act introduced in October 2013, takes away the democratic rights of federal public sector employees and seriously undermines the health and safety protections in the Canada Labour Code covering workers under federal jurisdiction.

Eight things you should know about Bill C-4 »

Jump to background information on Bill C-4 »

Take Action! E-mail your MP!

The Canadian Labour Congress has also created an e-mail action on changes to health and safety protections in the Canada Labour Code »

PSAC in the media

Larry Rousseau, PSAC NCR Regional Executive Vice-President, in the Huffington Post »

Robyn Benson, PSAC National President, in the Ottawa Citizen »

Edith Bramwell, PSAC Coordinator of Representation, on CBC Radio »

Social Media Graphics and Posts/Tweets

Post these graphics on your Facebook page:


Here is our post on our Facebook page.

Tweet to these key Conservative politicians:

Prime Minister Harper: @pmharper

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty: @JimFlaherty
Treasury Board President Tony Clement: @TonyclementCPC
Minister of Labour Kellie Leitch: @KellieLeitch
Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney: @kenneyjason

Here are some sample tweets:

[Insert the @twitterhandle here] Collective bargaining is a Charter right and helps ensure a stable economy #BillC4 #cdnpoli
[Insert the @twitterhandle here] Don’t gut the Canada Labour Code #BillC4 #cdnpoli
[Insert the @twitterhandle here] These changes to labour law should be debabated. Stop the omnibus bills! #BillC4 #cndpoli

You can also use the fun "Horror on the Hill" series produced by the Union of National Employees.


If you want to distribute information in your workplace in paper format, you can use this bilingual flyer.

What Legal Experts Are Saying

Leading experts on labour law say that the hastily drafted changes to the labour law and health and safety laws in Bill C-4 have undermined the quality of the laws and the democratic process.

The Canadian Bar Association, which represents over 37,500 jurists, including lawyers, Québec notaries, law teachers and students across Canada.

Canadian Bar Association letter to Parliament »

Sack Goldblatt Mitchell is a prominent Ontario labour law firm.

Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP Legal Opinion »

Background Information

Listen to the Telephone Town Hall on Bill C-4 »

PSAC’s analysis of Bill C-4, the Budget Implementation Act »

Summary of Bill C-4 Changes to Health and Safety Provisions »

Canadian Labour Congress video on changes to health and safety protections


PSAC Submissions to Parliamentary Committees

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on Bill C-4 »

Submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee on Bill C-4, The Economic Action Plan 2013 No. 2 by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (November 26, 2013)

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