Board Statistical Data
The Labour Relations Board is frequently asked for statistical information on the number and types of applications before it. We therefore provide you with some fiscal data. You may wish to read about the Board's terminology as it pertains to its working files.
Board Terminology: The Board tracks each individual case that comes before it. We call this a "matter." A matter generally consists of an application, reference, or complaint brought by one party (or sometimes a group of parties) against another party (or group of parties) under a specific section of the Labour Relations Code, the Public Service Employee Relations Act or the Police Officers Collective Bargaining Act.
Only certain sections of the legislation give rise to applications, references or complaints. We call these "entry sections." The reports break down the matters received by entry section. In a few cases, applications are so frequently brought under two sections at the same time that we group them together and treat them as one entry section for statistical purposes.
Often a case will involve several matters. One dispute between an employer and a trade union may, for example, give rise to several different complaints. More general reports allow a look at areas of activity by grouping entry sections into more general "categories."
A case recorded as one matter may affect more than one person. There are "test case" situations where a decision about one person will govern others. We generally record these cases as one matter, not several. These definitions ensure the validity of statistical comparisons from year to year.
In the case of most reports, our statistics are province-wide. However, parallel reports are available that break down the same statistics into those processed through Edmonton or Calgary.
The various case conclusion reports analyze cases by "resolution type." Some resolution types are self-explanatory, however, we have provided you with an explanation of the industry categories and resolution types for your information.
For further statistical information, please contact Janice Smith,
Manager of Administrative Services at (780) 422-7345.