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Law of Labour Relations, Law in the Workplace, and Labour Arbitration (IRE 1270, IRE 1338, and IRE 1260)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 1260, IRE 1270 and IRE 1338, with research papers and assignments.

Legal Databases

Canadian Legal and Research Writing Guide: This guide can help you develop an effective Step-by-Step Legal Research Process, learn when and how to use particular resources, and better understand statutory research and electronic searching. Links to free online resources and lists of leading publications can help you conduct your research. Material on writing and analysis can help to improve your legal writing and reasoning.

CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute) pronounced can-lee -- What is CanLii?

CanLII is a non-profit organization that has been engaged by the law societies of Canada that are members of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to establish, operate, maintain and provide to the law societies a website dedicated to providing continuous access to a virtual library of Canadian legal information. CanLII’s goal is to make Canadian law accessible on the Internet.

CanLII’s secondary website, CanLII Connects, hosts a database of case commentary and case summaries submitted by lawyers, scholars and others with professional competency in legal analysis.

This website provides access to:

  • eText on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law (1st edition), Lancaster House, 2012-11-16 Table of Contents
  • court judgments
  • tribunal decisions
  • Labour Arbitration Awards by province and federally
  • statutes and regulations from all Canadian jurisdictions
  • The Supreme Court of Canada on S. 24(2) of the Charter, CanLII, 2012-08-07 Table of Contents

EmploymentSource combines expert commentary, case law, legislation and dismissal notice periods. Employment Spectrum includes the following legal texts & looseleaf services, cases & commentary, legal guides and bulletins.

LabourSource provides online access to:

Cases and Decisions

  • EmploymentSource Cases and Decisions

Texts and Annotations

  • Ball, Canadian Employment Law
  • Keith, Canadian Health and Safety Law
  • D'Andrea, Employee Obligations in Canada
  • D'Andrea, Illness and Disability in the Workplace
  • Levitt, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, Third Edition

Statutes and Regulations

  • Labour and Employment Statutes and Regulations  

How to access the database:

  • Go to EmploymentSource on UTLibraries at You can also find EmploymentSource by entering employmentsource in the catalogue.
  • Click on EmploymentSource under Holdings
  • You can explore by chapter or use the search box at the top.

HeinOnline is an online database of legal journals (QuickLaw also has a law journal collection but HeinOnline is much easier to search)

Click the link above to be taken to the catalogue entry for Hein Online Law Journal, and then click on "GlobeLink: Abstracts and Indexes" to access the database.

In Advanced Search: enter your search terms, then under Subject scroll down and select Canadian Law 

add date range if desired


Sample Searches:

(discrimination) AND (employ* OR work ) AND subjects:("Canadian Law") - narrow by Human Rights + Labour Law subjects, and articles  

(accommodation ) AND (mental ) AND (employ* OR work ) AND subjects:("Canadian Law")

(accommodation ) AND (religion) AND (employ* OR work ) AND subjects:("Canadian Law")

LabourSource is the source for Labour Arbitration cases (LACs) & Candian Labour Arbitration (Brown & Beatty) (also available in print at the CIRHR library)

LabourSource provides online access to:

Cases and Decisions:

  • Labour Arbitration Cases (L.A.C.)
  • Canadian Labour Arbitration Summaries (C.L.A.S.)

Texts and Annotations:

  • Canadian Labour Arbitration, Fourth Edition (Brown & Beatty)
  • Canadian Labour Law (Adams)
  • Willis & Winkler on Leading Labour Cases 
  • Willis & WInkler Labour Arbitration: The Year in Review 
  • Corry, Collective Bargaining and Agreement
  • Saxe & McLean, Collective Agreement Handbook

Statutes and Regulations

  • Labour and Employment Statutes and Regulations

How to access the database:

  • Go to LabourSource on UTLibraries at You can also find LabourSource by entering laboursource in the catalogue.
  • Click on LabourSource under Holdings
  • "Brown & Beatty, Canadian Labour Arbitration" is listed under "Text and Annotations"
  • You can explore by chapter or use the search box at the top.

See Lancaster House Conferences - Proceedings. Request from CIRHR Library staff. In-library use only.

Contract Clauses Online provides authoritative commentary and actual contract clauses from current collective agreements negotiated across Canada in both the public and private sectors.

For access to Lancaster House Contract Clauses, please see library staff since access to the database is restricted.

Lancaster House First Resort is a great place to begin your research.

First Resort is Lancaster's comprehensive resource for labour and employment law. First Resort organizes articles that summarize and analyse key labour and employment law decisions into twenty different databases, each of which covers a discrete area of labour law. Also included in your searches on First Resort are:

  • Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook Online
  • Leading Cases on Labour Arbitration Online
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law eText

Lancaster House First Resort manual

Lexology is a legal news aggregator. 

Lexology delivers the most comprehensive source of international legal updates, analysis and insights. They publish in excess of 450 articles every day from over 800 leading law firms and service providers worldwide across 50 work areas in 25 languages. Their searchable archive now contains more than 730,000 articles. 

Use the search terms below to refine your search:

Under "Jurisdiction", select Canada; Under "Work Area", select Employee Benefits & Pensions.

With LexisNexis Quicklaw Full Service, you have one-page access to the most comprehensive collection of primary and secondary materials, court decisions, legislation, legal commentary, current and archived news, and much more. You have access to 120 sources of information on labour & employment law. Includes Employment Law in Canada (Geoffrey England); Halsbury's Laws of Canada.

How to login to QuickLaw:

  • Search "Quicklaw" on the CIRHR website  and then click on Connect to this Resource OR Click this link to be taken to the UTLibraries catalouge entry:
  • Click "Link: Abstracts and Indexes" under Holdings
  • Login to my.access with your UTORid (if off-campus)
  • On the upper right hand corner, click on the down menu labeled "Product Sign-in"
  • Click on "Quicklaw"
  • Do not fill in login information, click on the neutral coloured middle button labeled "Register Later".
  • Click to Accept the Terms of Use
  • You are now logged in

Below are more detailed instructions on logging in and searching the database.

Thomson Reuters Proview e-looseleafs on Labour & Employment Law

Search by title on Proview

Clarke's Canada Industrial Relations Board (Graham J. Clarke)

Discrimination and the Law: including equality rights under the Charter (William Pentney)

The Duty to Accommodate in Employment (Kevin D. MacNeill)

Just Cause: The Law of Summary Dismissal in Canada (Randall Scott Echlin, Matthew L.O.Certosimo)

The Law of Privacy in Canada (Barbara McIsaac, Rick Shields, Kris Klein)

Ontario’s Equity Laws : a Complete Guide to Pay and Employment Equity (Cheryl J. Elliott)

Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights (James Casey, Ayla Akgungor)

Trade Union Law in Canada (Michael Mac Neil, Michael Lynk, Peter Engelmann)

Wrongful Dismissal (David Harris)


(scroll down to page six for basic search techniques)

Ontario e-Laws lets you search and browse official electronic copies of Ontario’s statutes and regulations. New laws are usually published on the site within 2 business days.

Ontario Employment Standards Act

Ontario Human Rights code

Ontario Labour Relations Act

The Ontario Labour Relations Board is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal mandated to mediate and adjudicate a variety of employment and labour relations-related matters under a number of Ontario statutes.

Ontario Ministry of Labour

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Selected Online Books and Reports from the UTLibraries Catalogue

Employment Law – General
Employment Law [electronic resource] Law Society of Upper Canada Staff Contribution by Toronto : Irwin Law, Incorporated Nov. 2007

Employment Law - Individual
Individual employment law /Geoffrey England. [electronic resource] Imprint Toronto : Irwin Law, 2008.

National Academy of Arbitrators Proceedings of Annual Meetings (articles)
Searchable database
Volumes are also in the UTL catalogue

Labour Law
Constitutional labour rights in Canada [electronic resource] : farm workers and the Fraser case / edited by Fay Faraday, Judy Fudge, & Eric Tucker. Toronto : Irwin Law, c2012.

The idea of labour law [electronic resource] / editors: Guy Davidov & Brian Langille. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011

Marginalizing Workers
Legal Concept of Employment [electronic resource] : Marginalizing Workers / Fudge, Judy.[S.l.] : Law Commission of Canada, 2002.

Alcohol & Drugs
Recent alcohol and drug workplace policies in Canada, considerations for the nuclear industry [electronic resource] : a report by Barbara Butler and Associates Inc. on the recent changes in arbitrational and legal jurisprudence of workplace policies and testing in Canada. Imprint Ottawa : Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, 2012, c2011.

Employment Equity
Employment equity [electronic resource] : myths and realities. Imprint Gatineau, Québec : Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2011.


Labour Law Research Network

The Labour Law Research Network was set up in 2011 by research institutes/centers from all over the world dedicated to the study of labour law. Our goal is to advance research in labour law, and specifically to facilitate the dissemination of research work and encourage open discussion of scholarship and ideas in this field. All labour law scholars are welcome to join.