Part III of the Canada Labour Code provides workers and employers under federal jurisdiction with a simple but effective administrative procedure to resolve disputes about the non-payment of wages and other amounts under the Code. Should this process prove unsuccessful, the Code also contains a provision allowing a party to request that the Minister of Labour file the order in the Federal Court of Canada on their behalf.
The significance of this filing procedure is that it gives the payment order, referee's order, or adjudicator's order the same force and effect as if it were a judgment of the Federal Court with all of the legal consequences that would flow from such a judgment.
Once an order has been filed in the Federal Court, the statutory authority of the Labour Program ends. The Labour Program has no authority beyond this point to enforce the order.
Inquiries regarding the enforcement of an order should be directed to the nearest office of the Federal Court of Canada. They can provide explanations of court rules and associated costs related to enforcement proceedings. Quite often, it is advisable to seek legal assistance on the avenues available for enforcement through the Federal Court.
The Court has one Registry for all of Canada. That Registry consists of principal office in Ottawa and other offices in different parts of the country. Any party in any proceeding may file documents, have writs issued, or otherwise do business with the office of the Registry that is most conveniently located. Thus, for example, an action may be commenced by filing a statement of claim in the Vancouver office, one defendant may file their defence in the Montreal office, and another defendant may file their defence in the Toronto office. Each of the parties may then continue to deal with the particular office that is most conveniently located to them.
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