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Advisor, Labour Relations and Health and Safety

Posted: Jun 28, 2024 Closing date of the competition: Aug 12, 2024 Location: Montreal (Balmoral) Flexibility Profile: Hybrid Salary Range: 9 - $81,835 to $103,610 (under review) Position Status: Continuous - Full-time Position Number: 00286573 Division: Human Resources, Strategic Planning and Institutional Services Department: Human Resources Union Category: Excluded (under review)

Are you passionate about great storytelling, about exploring the issues that matter, about pushing the boundaries in new audiovisual experiences? So are we. As Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board has been telling the country’s stories and pioneering breakthroughs in virtually every field of audiovisual content since 1939. But to do this, we need a team that truly reflects the richness and diversity of Canada. If you’d like to be a part of this team—and part of the NFB’s incredible legacy—we’d love to hear from you.


Supports the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) strategic directions in labour relations and health and safety. Provides advice and support to managers and human resources (HR) colleagues to improve their labour relations practice and promotes a joint approach for development of a labour-management operational framework based on partnership. Ensures the implementation, updating and communication of occupational health and safety policies and procedures. Makes recommendations to management to ensure that the NFB consistently meets its obligations under Part II of the Canada Labour Code and the related regulations.


Labour Relations Component:

  • Advises and assists managers and HR colleagues in the interpretation and application of collective agreements, labour legislation and HR policies, as well as disciplinary and administrative measures.
  • Intervenes in the resolution of complex problems and proposes proactive approaches and corrective measures appropriate for the problems.
  • Coordinates different labour-management committees, participates in these committees’ activities, and liaises with the labour representatives.
  • Collaborates in defining job profiles and descriptions for the entire organization and participates in job-evaluation parity committees.
  • Prepares files, reviews jurisprudence, and attends related meetings and hearings during disputes, grievances or arbitration with the unions.
  • Participates in the negotiation of collective agreements of the two certification units active at the NFB and has co-responsibility for their implementation process; develops tools to facilitate the application of collective agreements.
  • Maintains a strategic watch to identify best practices in labour relations and identifies implementation strategies.
  • Acts as a resource person in contacts between the NFB and the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB).
  • Updates HR policies; ensures consultation with the unions before their implementation.
  • Produces reports (e.g., on labour relations activities for the Board of Trustees, on contingent liabilities for Finance).

Health and Safety Component:

  • Advises the NFB to ensure it consistently meets its obligations under Part II of the Canada Labour Code and the related regulations.
  • Reviews reports on workplace accidents and conducts inquiries; files the relevant reports; as needed, implements preventive measures or coordinates their application.
  • Ensures the application and updating of the Policy on the Prevention and Resolution of Workplace Harassment and Violence; acts as the designated recipient for notices of incidents of harassment and violence.
  • Ensures the progress of files with the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Labour Program.
  • Acts, in the name of the NFB, as co-chair of the Balmoral health and safety committee and the health and safety steering committee; is responsible for the national health and safety committee and supports health and safety representatives across the country.
  • Administers and promotes the services and products of the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Participates in development of the mental health strategy, as well as its implementation and coordination; monitors the success indicators and proposes solutions.
  • Directs occupational health and safety initiatives and projects: hazard prevention program, monthly preventive workplace inspections, first aid and other programs.
  • Advises the NFB, managers and employees on workplace ergonomics; coordinates assessments with specialists when required.


  • University degree in labour relations or equivalent.
  • Minimum five years of experience in labour relations, including at least three years in a unionized environment with demonstrable achievements in labour relations.
  • Experience in the mechanisms of preparing for negotiations and grievance settlement.
  • Knowledge of Part II of the Canada Labour Code and the related regulations and experience in their application.
  • Cultural competence and a commitment to respect, value and promote diversity in all its forms.
  • Membership in, or eligibility for, the Conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA), the Conseillers en relations industrielles agréés (CRIA) or the Bar of the Province of Quebec.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio) and collaborative tools.
  • Experience in formulation of verbal and written recommendations for management.
  • Bilingualism in the two official languages (French and English), orally and in writing.


  • Ability to establish good interpersonal relationships and be effective in professional interactions.
  • Analytic and strategic mindset, skills in research and problem solving.
  • Good priority management, creativity, openness, autonomy, rigour and judgment.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Strong inclination for customer service and collaboration.
  • Tact, diplomacy and discretion.

The NFB is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce that’s reflective of Canadian society. It promotes initiatives such as employment equity and encourages candidates to voluntarily indicate in their cover letter if they are a woman, a member of a First Nations group, Inuk, Métis, a person with a disability, or a member of a visible-minority group.

The NFB is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Feel free to advise us of any accommodation needs.

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.