Act respecting Labour Relations, Vocational Training and Workforce Management in the Construction Industry

Overview

The Act respecting Labour Relations, Vocational Training and Workforce Management in the Construction Industry (CQLR c R-20) protects any person who has disclosed a contravention of the Act to the Commission. The Act prohibits any reprisal taken against a person for making a disclosure or cooperating in an investigation.

What kind of disclosure is protected?

The Act protects any person who, while acting in good faith and on the basis of reasonable belief, has disclosed information to the Commission de la Construction du Quebec regarding a past or potential contravention of this Act s.123.5

The Act does not define “wrongdoing” or “protected disclosure.”

Who is eligible for protection?

The Act protects any person who has disclosed information regarding a contravention of the Act to the Commission.

The identity of a person making a disclosure shall be kept confidential s.123.8.

Disclosures regarding information protected by solicitor-client privilege is prohibited under the Act s.123.5.

How are whistleblowers protected?

The Act prohibits any person from taking any kind of reprisal against anyone who has made a disclosure regarding a contravention of this Act to the Commission or who has cooperated in an inquiry, verification or inspection s.123.7

Under the Act, a reprisal s.123.7 means the demotion, suspension, dismissal or transfer of an employee, or any other disciplinary action that adversely affects the person's employment or working conditions.

How should disclosures be made?

Be careful! Despite presenting some challenges for follow ups, one of the best protections for whistleblowers is their anonymity. Be cautious when providing any information through electronic means, especially emails! Read the security tips section.

In order to submit a disclosure, please fill and submit the following form online, or by telephone to 514 593-3132 or 1 800 424-3512. 

For more information on submitting a disclosure to the Commission, please visit: https://www.ccq.org/annexes/signalement