RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Labour Relations Advisor

  • Location: North Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: February 1, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Labour Relations Advisor

At Marine Atlantic, we do so much more than get people from point A to point B. Whether it’s reunions, long-awaited trips home, or the start of a new adventure, we bring people together. We couldn’t bring people together every day without our own dedicated employees. Our employees embody our core values; they are diverse, safety oriented team-players who exhibit integrity and commitment, and always strive for excellence. Their understanding and commitment to our values make our employees an invaluable part of our organization.

Marine Atlantic is currently looking for a Labour Relations Advisor to work with our Human Resources department located in North Sydney, NS. This is a term position with an end date of July 31, 2024.The Labour Relations (LR) Advisor, reporting to the Labour Relations

Manager, will be responsible for the administration of allocated collective agreements and assisting in the negotiation of those contracts. Marine Atlantic is a multi-union environment and has six collective agreements.

Additional Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Perform legal research and make recommendations relating to the interpretation and application of collective agreements and company policies.
  • Monitor timelines and make recommendations for grievance resolution at each step of the grievance procedure.
  • Coordinate and participate in Labour Management Committee
  • Assist with preparation and participate in Collective Bargaining for applicable collective agreements.
  • Coordinate and conduct disciplinary investigations in accordance with company policy and terms of applicable collective agreements.
  • Track the status of and report on grievances and investigations. Analyze data to identify trends and remedies to common issues.
  • Interact with managers, supervisors, union representatives, and employees in the identification and resolution of issues relating to the collective agreements.
  • Work diligently, to promote a physically and psychologically safe working environment, that is diverse, accessible, inclusive and equitable.
  • Assist in the accomplishment of company objectives by performing other related duties as required.

What qualifications do I need to be considered for this opportunity?

Education and Experience

A Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Labour Relations or Human Resources or an equivalent major from a recognized university.


A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a Human Resources position in a unionized environment.


A combination of equivalent education, job-related training, and experience in a

related position.

Additional Qualifications

  • Labour relations experience in a unionized environment.
  • Experience in interpretation of collective agreements and application of labour relations and labour law principles.
  • Strong interpersonal, impact and influence skills with the ability to engage others effectively through a confident, collaborative, and convincing style.
  • Detail oriented, well organized, and a demonstrated ability to function effectively with a high degree of interdependence and autonomy.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task.
  • Strong written and communications skills.
  • Strong research and problem solving skills.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Power Point, and Word).

Asset Qualifications

  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) or progressing towards obtaining CPHR.
  • Training and/or experience in investigation procedures.
  • Training and/or experience in alternate dispute resolution and interestbased negotiations.

Why work for the Marine Atlantic team?

As part of the Marine Atlantic team, you will participate in a variety of ongoing training programs and development opportunities to navigate your career and chart your course for success. We provide a positive and inclusive work culture that is dedicated to creating an environment which promotes employee growth, career development, and job satisfaction.  Some benefits of working with Marine Atlantic include competitive salaries, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health benefit packages, and professional development opportunities.  Come experience the pride of working with an organization with newly constructed and revitalized infrastructure that has positioned itself for the future.

How do I become a part of the team?

If you meet the listed qualifications, are interested in this opportunity and exemplify our core values, please apply online before 4 pm (Atlantic Time) on 01 February 2022.

All applicants must apply online:


  • Marine Atlantic recognizes the importance of vaccination to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 while continuing to provide an essential service to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. All employees are required to follow Marine Atlantic Covid-19 protocols. As mandated by the Government of Canada, all employees, including new hires, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and authorized based on one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination as defined by the Canadian Human Rights Act. As part of the recruitment process, proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will be required or the necessary documentation to provide an approved accommodation.

Additional Information

Marine Atlantic is a Federal Crown Corporation that provides a vital ferry  service link between Newfoundland and Labrador and mainland Canada.

At Marine Atlantic, we are dedicated to building and fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, where all employees and customers feel welcomed, valued, and respected.

Marine Atlantic invites applications from all qualified candidates and hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principles of equitable employment for all and strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. If you are a member of one or more of these groups, please state to which group(s) you identify in your cover letter, resume or application.

To receive this job poster in an alternative format or to discuss alternate ways of completing the online application, please contact the Marine Atlantic Human Resources Department, in confidence, at

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the recruitment process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, contact the Marine Atlantic Human Resources  Department, in confidence, at