Department of Labour and Advanced Education: About us

What we do

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education helps people prepare for job opportunities and build the skills they need. We provide career information, employment services and learning programs that support the labour market. We also support post-secondary education and training, promote fair and safe work environments and help employers and employees know their rights and responsibilities.


We're responsible for:

  • making sure people are working safely and know their rights
  • helping more people find work and keep working within the province
  • helping young people get the education, training and work experience they need to get jobs within the province and helping more employers hire young people
  • improving access to labour market information and providing support to determine if more education, help with literacy or work experience is needed
  • helping ensure the quality of post-secondary education and training, and making sure it’s more accessible and sustainable
  • promoting fair, safe and healthy workplaces
  • regulating technical safety for mechanical equipment and equipment in public places (like elevators, escalators, electrical wiring, boilers and propane storage)

Who we are

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education has about 500 staff across the province.


Our priorities are:

  • helping create a stronger culture of workplace health and safety and technical equipment safety in businesses and organizations
  • supporting innovation through research and development
  • connecting youth, apprentices and post-secondary graduates with employment opportunities
  • supporting recruitment and retention of international and interprovincial students
  • improving programs and opportunities for under-represented groups and people with disabilities
  • expanding opportunities for adult learning and promoting apprenticeship as a post-secondary option
  • helping people find and keep jobs in the province and helping employers find and train the people they need