Give input on Employment Standards Act Regulations

Most employees are eligible for a variety of leaves under the Employment Standards Act of Prince Edward Island including protection of employment for persons needing time off from work to address issues due to family violence.

During the 2018 spring sitting of the provincial legislature, the Employment Standards Act (Bill 116) was amended to provide for for up to three days of paid leave, and another seven days of unpaid leave for employees who need time to deal with the consequences of domestic violence.  

Employment Standards Act Regulations

We are looking for your feedback on draft regulations to support the implementation of Bill 116: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act. Regulations provide specifics on how to put action into an act (law). The Lieutenant Governor–in-Council (cabinet) is responsible to pass regulations; rather than the legislature which passes legislation. 

To help inform the development of regulations appropriate for PEI, a scan of other Canadian jurisdictions was completed. As a result, draft regulations were written based on the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act, as well as related New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan regulations.

Background Documents

Give your input

How should the regulations of the Employment Standards Act be amended to support extended family violence leave as outlined in Bill 116?

You can provide input using one of the following options:

How will my feedback be used?

Public input will inform final draft of regulations provided to cabinet for approval.

What is the deadline for submissions?

Please complete the survey or send a written submission by August 27, 2018.


Employment Standards Office
161 St. Peters Road, 2nd Floor
PO Box 2000, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-5550

Personal information from written submissions and survey is collected under section 31 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as it relates to considerations for regulations for family violence leave as outlined in the PEI Employment Standards Act. If you have questions about the consultation process, contact Constance Robinson, Workforce and Advanced Learning at (902) 569-0545.
Workforce and Advanced Learning

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