Federally regulated industries – Employment standards exceptions

The Alberta Employment Standards Code does not apply to employees who are federally regulated.

Basic rules

  • Some industries are regulated by the federal government.
  • 90% of employees in Alberta are regulated by the province.
  • If your industry is federally regulated, different rules apply.

Federally regulated

If you are employed by one of the following businesses and industries, you are more than likely working in a federally regulated sector:

  • banks
  • marine shipping, ferry and port services
  • air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines
  • railway and road transportation that involves crossing provincial or international borders
  • canals, pipelines, tunnels and bridges (crossing provincial borders)
  • telephone, telegraph and cable systems
  • radio and television broadcasting
  • grain elevators, feed and seed mills
  • uranium mining and processing
  • businesses dealing with the protection of fisheries as a natural resource
  • many First Nation activities
  • most federal Crown corporations
  • private businesses necessary to the operation of a federal act

Check with the Government of Canada to determine if you are in a federally regulated industry and to learn more about the rules that apply.

Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.