Basic rules

Alberta law requires government to publish the following information about variances or exemptions issued by Employment Standards after January 1, 2018:

  • the name of the employer association or employers in a group
  • the provisions of the Employment Standards Code or Regulation that were varied or exempted
  • the effective date and duration of the variance or exemption

Apply and learn more about employment standards Ministerial Orders to vary or exempt.

Ministerial Orders revoked

Government has revoked a number of Ministerial Orders because they are now addressed in legislation.

Learn more about exceptions for specific industries outlined in the Employment Standards Regulation.

Table 1. Revoked orders

Group or association Provision(s) revoked Revocation date
Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (PDF, 1.5 MB) Hours of work confined, days of rest January 20, 2020
Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (PDF, 568 KB) Hours of work confined January 20, 2020
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (PDF, 592 KB) Hours of work confined January 20, 2020
Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (PDF, 540 KB) Overtime hours February 20, 2020
Mushrooms Canada (PDF, 210 KB) Hours of work confined, overtime hours, notice of work times February 20, 2020

Ministerial Orders issued

Table 2. Issued orders

Group or association Provision varied Effective date End date
Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (PDF, 398 KB) Overtime hours June 12, 2018 Revoked
Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services  (PDF, 1 MB) Hours of work confined March 11, 2019 March 10, 2021
Alberta Roadbuilders And Heavy Construction Association (PDF, 1.3 MB) Hours of work confined, days of rest October 25, 2018 Revoked
Alberta School Boards Association (PDF, 415 KB) Employment for less than 3 hours January 14, 2019 January 13, 2021
Canadian Association Of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (PDF, 382 KB) Hours of work confined June 28, 2018 Revoked
Canadian Association Of Petroleum Producers (PDF, 408 KB) Hours of work confined January 1, 2018 Revoked
Canadian Association Of Petroleum Producers (PDF, 375 KB) Payment of wages, overtime pay and general holiday pay January 1, 2019 December 31, 2020
Merit Contractors Association (PDF, 2 MB) Hours of work confined June 12, 2019 June 11, 2021
Mushrooms Canada  (PDF, 70 KB) Hours of work confined, overtime hours, notice of work times August 14, 2019 Revoked

How the law applies

Section 136.1 of the Employment Standards Code and Section 63.3 of the Employment Standards Regulation outline the publication of variances, exemptions and orders.

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