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Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.
Selected encyclopedias and handbooks
Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.
- Canadian Encyclopedia: Indigenous Peoples.
Useful entry may include "Economic conditions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada"
- Handbook Global History of Work
- Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
- Handbook on the international political economy of gender
- International handbook on diversity management at work : country perspectives on diversity and equal treatment
- Routledge handbook of Indigenous wellbeing
This handbook explores the physical, social and emotional, economic, cultural and spiritual, and subjective wellbeing of Indigenous people and communities around the world, and can be used to help develop and implement policies and partnerships. Start with the entry on the "Economic wellbeing of Canada's Indigenous people."
- Sociology of work : an encyclopedia
Find journal articles
Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases, below. From within the database, use the "Get@SFU" icon will to find copies of articles which are not full-text within the database.
Canada Commons (formerly, Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris) - for public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.
CBCA Complete Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
Largest free web resource providing access to legal documents from Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments, including laws & legislation, and cases.
ProQuest Sociology Collection International literature in sociology and social services, and related fields. Searches multiple databases including: Applied Social Science Index, ProQuest Sociology Database, Social Services Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts.
Social Sciences Full Text Provides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language social science journals. Social Sciences Full Text includes full-text articles from hundreds of journals, covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences.
Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America - Academic articles and Indigenous news sources. Covers all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life from the sixteenth century to the present. Topics include business, multicultural relations, gaming, governance.
Business Source Complete
This database offers information in virtually every area of business including accounting & tax, banking, finance & insurance, economics, labour, human relations, and much more.
Political Science Complete
Indexes full-text articles from over 480 journals, and indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,100 additional titles. PSC has a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. PSC offers literature on general topics in labour studies as well as geographically-specific literature.
- Canadian employment law today
- Canadian labour & employment law journal
- Equality, diversity and inclusion : an international journal
- Journal of labor and society
- Journal of labor research
- Just labour : a Canadian journal of work and society [2002 - 2014]
- Labour = Le Travail [Canadian]
- Labor studies journal
- Union farmer quarterly [Canadian]
Find books in the Library
How to use the Library Catalogue [guide]
Do a Library Catalogue search to see if the Library owns or provides access to the sources that you've identified.
For known items it is best to check using "Browse by title" icon.
Search by topic, using Basic or Advanced Search
Note: In the searches below, you can limit results to "Resource type" of "Books" and "Subjects"
- (equal* OR inequal* OR unequal* OR discrimin*) AND (work OR jobs OR employment) AND Canad*
- results limited by selected "subjects"
- (diversity OR inclus*) AND (work OR jobs OR employment OR union*) AND Canad*
- (colonial* OR raciali* OR "social differences) AND (work OR jobs OR employment) AND Canad*
- (immigr* OR foreign) AND (skills OR credentials OR qualifications OR training) AND canad*
- (raci* OR discrim* OR stereotyp*) AND (employ* OR jobs OR labour OR labor) AND canad*
- (Aborig* OR Indigen* OR "First Nations") AND (employ* OR jobs OR labor* OR labour* OR skill*) AND (Canad* OR British Columbia")
- Limited by selected "Subjects"
- ("labour union*" OR "labor union*" OR "trade union*" OR "organized labour" OR "organized labor") AND canad*
- (labor OR labour) AND unions AND "political parties" AND canad*
- "Industrial workers" AND canad*
- politics AND (labor OR labour) and canad*
Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words
Use pull-down menu and select, "Source Types" as "Books"
Note: For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")
- BC disadvantage for women : earning compared with other women in Canada
- Building a better world : an introduction to the labour movement in Canada [print]
- Building the power : the Labourers' Union in British Columbia
- Canadian labour in crisis : reinventing the workers' movement [print]
- Changing prospects for trade unionism : comparisons between six countries
- Coerced : work under threat of punishment
- Collective bargaining and gender equality
- Corporate law, codes of conduct and workers' rights
- Creation of a shared prosperity in Canada : unions, corporations and countervailing power
- Defying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401
- Employment equity in Canada : the legacy of the Abella report
- Equity, Diversity & Canadian Labour
- Evaluation of the Labour Standards Program : final report
- From demonized to organized : building the new union movement
- Gender ambiguity in the workplace : transgender and gender-diverse discrimination
- Global wage report 2018/19 : what lies behind gender pay gaps / ILO
- Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW
- Human Rights and Labor Solidarity : Trade Unions in the Global Economy
- Power in Coalition : Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change
- Roadblocks on the Career Path : Challenges Faced by Persons with Disabilities in Employment : Monitoring Canada's Implementation of the Un Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabities : a Report.
- Solidarity forever? : an analysis of changes in union density
- Trade unions and democracy : strategies and perspectives
- Unions in court : organized labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Browse Books in the Library Catalogue Using Subject Headings
Catalogue Search / Browse then change "Title" to "Subject" and enter your subject term
- Collective bargaining -- Canada
- Discrimination in employment
- Discrimination in employment -- Canada
- Equality -- Canada
- Forced labor
- Industrial relations
- Labor -- Canada
- Labor -- Social aspects
- Labor laws and legislation -- Canada
- Labor movement -- Canada
- Labor policy
- Labor policy -- Canada
- Labor unions -- [name of the country]
- Labor unions -- Canada
- Labor unions -- United States
- Labor unions -- Political activity
- Pay equity
- Pay equity -- Canada
Codes and laws
Labour in Canada is regulated by federal or provincial legislation. The jurisdiction depends on the specific business or industry.
Federally regulated businesses and industries include banks, marine shipping, air transportation, railway and road transportation, telephone, telegraph and cable systems, radio and television broadcasting, businesses dealing with many First Nation activities, private businesses necessary to the operation of a federal act, and most federal Crown corporations. For a full list, click here.
Provincial law sets out the minimum standards that apply to most workplaces in each province. For British Columbia, click here for guidelines to evaluate whether the business or industry that you are examining is covered by provincial jurisdiction.
Note: Certain professions and occupations are not covered by these acts. In British Columbia, chartered accountants, foresters, health professionals, legal professionals, licensed real estate workers, registered security workers, and veterinarians are regulated through separate provincial laws. See the regulations for specific industries in British Columbia.
Links for Canadian labour law
British Columbia Employment Standards Act
The provincial legislation that ensures that employees in British Columbia receive at least basic standards of compensation and conditions of employment. The British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulation sets out minimum working conditions for all employees covered under provincial labour laws. A number of sectors or industries in British Columbia are subject to specific regulations that only apply to them. Click here to see the regulations for specific industries.
British Columbia Labour Relations Code
The provincial legislation that protects the right of employees in British Columbia to be a member of a trade union and to participate in its lawful activities. The Code further delineates the rights of employees and employers.
Canada Labour Code
Consolidates federal statues that relate to labour, facilitating production by controlling strikes & lockouts, occupational safety and health, and some employment standards. The Code only applies to the industries which are under federal legislation.
Canada Labour Standards Regulation
Federally consolidated regulations related to respecting hours of work, wages, annual vacations, general holidays, reassignment, maternity leave and parental leave, bereavement leave, group and individual termination of employment and severance pay, work-related illness and injury in federal works, undertakings and businesses
- BC STATS - collects and publishes reports of statistics from Statistics Canada, provincial government ministries and agencies and from administrative files.
- Statistics Canada - the major statistical gathering agency of the federal government. It publishes the "whole range of statistics on the economic and social activities of the Canadian people". There are daily, weekly, quarterly, annual and irregular publications. They also publish the Census of Canada at five-year intervals.
- how many people are employed or unemployed; the unemployment rate; which industries or occupations people work in; the hours they work; commuting patterns; wage and non-wage benefits; job training; labour mobility;
- work absences; unionization; unpaid work; and other topics. Also includes geographic and demographic characteristics.
- Labour Force Survey - a monthly survey which measures the current state of the Canadian labour market and is used, among other things, to calculate the national, provincial, territorial and regional employment.
- Labour Market Overview
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