Ministry of Labour - Vote 759

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The Expenditure Estimates are available in PDF and HTML versions. The PDF version is a format reflecting the true printed version. The HTML version is an accessible format.


The role of Labour Relations is to promote a stable labour relations climate and harmonious workplace relationships in the Province.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal which mediates and adjudicates a variety of employment and labour relation-related matters under various Ontario statutes. The OLRB is responsible for, amongst other things: certification of trade unions, termination of bargaining rights, unfair labour practice applications, sale of business related employer applications, illegal strikes and lock-outs, both in the construction and non-construction sectors. The OLRB also generally ensures minimum workplace standards through the review of decisions of employment standards officers and occupational health and safety inspectors, as well as mediating and arbitrating other labour and employment disputes with a view to promoting safe, fair and harmonious conditions in Ontario’s workplaces.

The two statutory tribunals comprising the Public Service Appeal Boards are independent quasi-judicial tribunals that oversee the labour relations of Ontario Crown employees. They include the Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board and the Public Service Grievance Board.

The Labour Management Services program provides neutral, third party assistance to trade unions and employers through collective agreement conciliation and mediation, appointment of arbitrators and collective bargaining information.


VOTE and item Accrual 2003-04 Estimates PROGRAM AND ACTIVITIES Cash 2002-03 Estimates Cash 2001-02 Actual
  $   $ $
1 11,665,700 Labour Relations Board3 11,795,000 12,010,579
2 1,267,500 Public Service Appeal Boards 1,254,900 872,911
3 8,093,900 Labour Management Services4 8,114,600 7,951,000
  21,027,100 Total Operating 21,164,500 20,834,490
  14,606,300 Less: Special Warrants 7,579,500 -
  6,420,800 Amount to be Voted 13,585,000 20,834,490

NOTE: Commencing in 2003-04, Estimates are presented on the accrual basis of accounting. Information for 2002-03 and earlier years is presented on the modified cash basis, and therefore comparison between 2003-04 and earlier year figures may not be meaningful. Differences between cash and accrual relate to adjustments such as timing of transfer payments and provisions for bad debts, that would increase or decrease the 2002-03 amounts had they been presented on the accrual basis.

Adjustments for this Ministry, if any, are indicated by superscripted references above and are explained on the page following the Ministry Summary - Reconciliation of 2002-03 Estimates from Cash to Accrual.

LABOUR RELATIONS PROGRAM - Standard Accounts Classification

Labour Relations Board (1603-1) $
Salaries and wages 7,849,500
Employee benefits 675,300
Transportation and communication 916,600
Services 2,175,300
Supplies and equipment 49,000
Public Service Appeal Boards (1603-2)  
Salaries and wages 455,800
Employee benefits 101,900
Transportation and communication 160,400
Services 1,574,900
Supplies and equipment 15,000
Less: Recoveries 1,040,500
Labour Management Services (1603-3)  
Salaries and wages 5,625,900
Employee benefits 601,700
Transportation and communication 695,000
Services 1,148,400
Supplies and equipment 122,900
Less: Recoveries 100,000
Total Operating for Labour Relations Program 21,027,100