Employment Standards Act Comprehensive Review

The Employment Standards Act Comprehensive Review Panel has been tasked with completing a review of the Employment Standards Act as well as its associated regulations, and Youth Employment Act.

The Review Panel was appointed and began work in October, 2021.

What's Happening Now

The Review Panel has completed the second stage of the review by doing consultation with all interested members of the public through written submissions and in-person meetings.

A copy of the interim report is available in English and French.

The Panel has now presented its final report to the Minister responsible for the Employment Standards Act and Youth Employment Act.   

A copy of the final report is now available in English.  French will follow when available.

Panel Members

Andrew Thompson, Chairperson
Andrew is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and has extensive experience with employment matters in the PEI public sector. His previous employment includes Director of Human Resources with the City of Charlottetown and Health PEI, and CEO of the PEI Public Service Commission.

Kendra Gunn, Employee Representative
Kendra is a lawyer with extensive experience dealing with employment matters on behalf of employees including senior leadership roles with two provincial public sector unions.

Isabelle Keeler, Employer Representative
Isabelle is a lawyer currently employed with Cox & Palmer and has experience in dealing with employment matters on behalf of employers. 

Review Process

The Review Panel is tasked with conducting the review in the following manner, using the time-lines as guidance:

Stage 1 Initial consultations (ensuring employer groups, employee groups, the Employment Standards Board, Labour and Industrial Relations Division staff, other government entities involved with employment matters, and academics have been engaged) and production of an Interim Report to advise Islanders of the range of issues that have been identified and the options for change that have been proposed 12 months
Stage 2 A second round of consultations with stakeholder groups and the public, using the Interim Report as a guide to assist in the solicitation of feedback on the proposed options for change.  5 months
Stage 3 Production of the Final Report, with recommendations on changes that should be made to the Employment Standards Act and Youth Employment Act, to be provided to the Minister. 5 months

Terms of Reference for the Review Panel

If you would like more information, or have questions about the review please contact the Employment Standards Branch at 902-368-5550 or phmcphail@gov.pe.ca.

Published date: 
November 16, 2023
Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population

General Inquiries

Labour and Industrial Relations
161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-368-5550
Toll-free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: 902-368-5476