Canada's Unique Privacy Challenges

17 October 2006

Toronto, Canada


Employment, Outsourcing, Federal-Provincial Jurisdictional Issues

IF YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES IN CANADA, you need to know how the privacy laws impact your business there. You cannot make assumptions that Canada has broadly similar privacy provisions to those in the USA.


The interaction of Canada’s European-style privacy, employment and human rights laws, and federal and provincial laws mean that to protect your reputation you need to avoid the attention of the privacy and employment regulators, or create a potential conflict with a clear understanding of the risks.


Privacy Laws & Business has aranged a one day workshop which will address all of these issues by giving you an opportunity to hear directly from both federal and provincial privacy and employment regulators. You will have ample opportunity to ask them questions and hold discussions with your peers and specialist lawyers. The outcome will be that by attending this one day workshop you will have obtained enough information so that you will know how to handle Canadian employment privacy issues and have developed an understanding of likely changes ahead.


  • Heather Black, Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Frank Work, Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Alberta
  • Leonard Marvy, Solicitor, Ontario Labour Relations Board
  • Nadine Côté and Kate Wilson, Associates, Torys LLP, Toronto
  • Eugene Oscapella,Consultant, Privacy Laws & Business, Canada


The relationship between Canada’s federal and provincial privacy laws and their enforcement, outsourcing and employment issues, including monitoring of employees use of e-mail and the Internet, and drug testing, and privacy of employee information in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The final session of the day will help you contribute to a collective Privacy Laws & Business recommendation to the federal legislature's review of the private sector privacy law, and/or enable you to make your own.