Third Party Public Consultations

Private Whistleblower Protection
(Consultation closed)
October 10, 2017
by Peter Bevan-Baker
As Leader of the Third Party, I am planning to introduce a Private Member’s Bill this fall that would amend the Employment Standards Act to provide improved whistleblower protections to employees working in the private sector. My staff and I are seeking input on this bill before we introduce it in the legislature.
In the spring, the government introduced Bill 76: The Public Interest Disclosure and Whistleblower Protection Act, which offers whistleblower protection to members of the public sector. We immediately thought it would also make sense to extend some basic protections to employees in the private sector. We reviewed legislation in other jurisdictions and discovered that both Saskatchewan and New Brunswick offer these protections. The Office of the Third Party has prepared a discussion paper on the proposed amendments and draft legislation for public consultation.
As a former business owner, I appreciate the importance of respecting the duty of loyalty an employee has to her or his employer. However, I am also aware that there is an overall public interest in having wrongdoing disclosed.
In drafting our legislation, I wanted to maintain the delicate balance between the needs of employers, employees and the public good, so it is important for us to receive comments from many different perspectives.
Discussion Paper
Draft Bill
Press Release
Bill 100 - An Act to Amend the Employment Standard Act was introduced to the Legislature on November 23rd, 2017 and read a first time. Second reading was on November 28th, 2017 with subsequent debate.
Click this section to read the transcript of debate.