Section 251.11(1) Wage Recovery Appeals Canada Labour Code (Part III–Standard Hours, Wages, Vacations and Holidays)

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Section 251.11(1) of the Code provides that a person affected by a review decision made by the Minister under Part III of the Code may appeal directly to the CIRB within 15 days after the day the decision is served (delivered to the person affected), but only on a question of law or jurisdiction.

This form is intended to assist you in providing the information required for filing an appeal of a review decision by the Minister.

Please note that a person may not file an appeal of a payment order, a notice of unfounded complaint or a notice of voluntary compliance directly with the CIRB. If a person affected by a payment order, a notice of unfounded complaint or a notice of voluntary compliance disagrees with the order or notice, they may request the Minister to conduct a formal review of the order or notice. For more information about filing a request for review, please contact the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Please refer to our page on Wage Recovery Appeals (Direct Filing) for additional information. 

An appeal must be in writing and include reasons for the appeal. Your appeal may be denied if reasons are not provided.

An employer or director who appeals a review decision by the Minister concerning a payment order must first pay to the Minister the amount indicated in the review decision of the payment order. An employer (but not a director) must also pay to the Minister any associated administrative fee (minimum of $200 or 15% of the amount of the review decision of the payment order, whichever amount is higher). The Minister may allow an employer or director to give security (e.g., a bond or irrevocable letter of credit) for all or part of the amount required. Any amount already paid to the ESDC Labour Program at the time of the request for review is subtracted from the amount required when filing an appeal. Payment will be held in trust by the Minister pending the outcome of the appeal.

If the appeal is rejected or considered inadmissible, any payment or security provided in relation to your appeal will be applied by the Minister to satisfy the payment order(s) or review decision and any required administrative fee.

After receiving your appeal, the CIRB will request from the Minister a copy of any document that the Minister relied on for the purpose of making the decision being appealed and obtain confirmation that an employer or director has paid or provided any required payment or security for the appeal. Your appeal request will only be processed upon receiving confirmation that the required payment or security was given to the Minister within the required time frame.

You will then receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your appeal and enclosing a copy of your appeal and a copy of any document that the Minister relied on for the purpose of making the decision being appealed. A copy of the acknowledgment letter, along with all enclosures, will also be forwarded to the parties affected by your appeal. The letter will also provide you and the other parties with additional information and instructions as necessary.

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