The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal mandated by the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) to administer the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems in the federal public service. It is also mandated by the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act to perform the same role for the institutions of Parliament. As well, as a result of transitional provisions under section 396 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2009, the PSLRB is responsible for pay equity complaints for the public service that were, and may be filed with, the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The PSLRB is unique in that it is one of the few bodies of its type in Canada that combine both adjudication functions and responsibilities as an impartial third party in the collective bargaining process. By resolving labour relations issues in an impartial manner, the PSLRB contributes to a productive and efficient workplace that benefits Canadians from coast to coast through the smooth delivery of government programs and services.
The PSLRB came into being on April 1, 2005, with the enactment of the PSLRA, replacing the Public Service Staff Relations Board, which had existed since 1967 when collective bargaining was first introduced into the federal public service.
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. To access summaries and full-text of PSLRB decisions, please visit our decisions page.