Employment Standards Board

The Employment Standards Board is responsible for administering certain provisions under the Employment Standards Act.

What is the function of the board?

The primary role of the Employment Standards Board is to, in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, exercise the powers conferred on it by the Act, including:

  • adjudicate appeals of employers / employees regarding orders issued by the Chief Employment Standards Officer; and
  • annually review the Minimum Wage Order and recommend accordingly to the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Primary Role: Adjudicative

Material Role: Advisory 

How many people are on the board?

The board shall consist of not less than six persons equally representative of employees and employers respectively, and one additional person who shall be chairperson. There may also be appointed one or more vice-chairpersons. Employer and worker representatives, as well as the chair and vice-chair, are appointed from among individuals who apply through Engage PEI.

What are the requirements of the board members?

Work & Experience Requirements
Dependant on the position sought.

Skills Required
Mediation and tribunal skills.

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.

Will I get paid?

Chair - $200/diem and Members - $142/diem.

What is the time commitment of the board?

Quarterly meetings of the board, plus attendance at hearings when appointed to a panel. Hearings and meetings of the Employment Standards Board occur during business hours. Typical time commitments vary, as noted below:

  • chairperson may be needed 11 to 38 days;
  • vice chair 6 to 9 days;
  • members 3 to 5 days per year.

Members of the board shall be appointed for a term not to exceed three years and are eligible for re-appointment.

Employment Standards Board - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
Wayne Vessey, Chair Queens County Sept. 18, 2023 Sept. 18, 2026
Elizabeth Noonan Prince County Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2024
Gary Ramsay Queens County Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2024
Fraser MacDougall Queens County May 17, 2022 May 17, 2025
Jane Ford Queens County Sept. 18, 2023 Sept. 18, 2026
Dr. Blake Jelley, Vice Chair Queens County May 25, 2021 Jan 30, 2024
Dianne Arsenault Prince County Aug 20, 2019 Aug 20, 2022
Angela MacDonald Kings County Jan 28, 2020 Jan 28, 2023

Download details of the Employment Standards Board purpose and membership roles

How can I apply?  

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI.


For further information about this committee, you may contact:

Hazel Walsh-Scott (Office Coordinator)
Sherwood Business Centre
161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000 Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 

Phone: 902-368-5550
Toll-free: 1-800-333-4362
Email:  hawalshscott@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
September 26, 2023
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118


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