Your Rights at Work

Workplace Fairness

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) is a law that sets minimum standards for most workplaces in Ontario.

The Employment Standards Poster is a great introduction to the ESA and is available in multiple languages.

In addition, more information about your workplace rights and responsibilities is available in 23 languages on the Ministry of Labour website.

You can also learn more about employment standards by using our tools and calculators or access Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

Students and Young Workers

Studying in Canada will open a world of opportunity to you. Eventually you may seek an employment opportunity and the Young Workers tip sheet introduces you to your rights and responsibilities with respect to employment standards and workplace health and safety.

The What Young Workers Should Know section of our website answers some frequently asked questions.

Entrepreneurs/ Business Owners

What Businesses Need to Know is a great resource for business owners. It explains some of the key employer obligations under the Employment Standards Act.

Live–in Caregivers

Foreign National Live-in Caregivers – As a foreign national working as a live-in caregiver in Ontario, you have employment standards rights under the Employment Standards Act and protections under the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-In Caregivers and Others), 2009 (EPFNA).

Agricultural Workers

The Employment Standards Act (ESA) covers agricultural workers but there are different categories and the rules do not apply in the same way to all of them. The Agricultural Workers Fact Sheet can help you understand how the ESA applies to the various categories of agricultural work.

Safe and Healthy Workplace

Everyone in your workplace, from your employer and your supervisor to you, has different but important duties to keep the workplace safe.

The Health and Safety Poster is a great summary of everyone’s roles around safety. It’s available in 19 languages.

For more knowledge about safety on the job, you can complete the Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps workbook. This training program teaches you what you need to know about your health and safety rights and responsibilities.

Supervisors can complete their own workbook, Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps, to learn what they need to know as supervisors.

Both training programs are free to download in nine languages. You can also order printed copies from Service Ontario.

To learn more about staying safe and healthy at work, you can also visit the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety web page.

The Office of the Worker Advisor supports non-union workers who need assistance filing a reprisal claim or appealing a Worker Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) decision.

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers provides comprehensive occupational health services to workers concerned about work-related health conditions who do not have the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB):

  • provides compensation to people who are injured in the course of their employment, and
  • no-fault workplace insurance coverage to employers.

This workers’ compensation board focuses on:

  • restoring workers as closely as possible to where they were before injury, and
  • supporting employers in restoring their businesses to full productivity.

NEED OTHER LANGUAGES?

The Employment Standards Information Centre (1-800-531-5551) provides service in many different languages – from Arabic to Vietnamese.

Contact the Ministry of Labour

If you have a question about employment standards you can contact us by phone to discuss your question with an information officer:

Employment Standards Information Centre
Greater Toronto Area: 416-326-7160
Canada-wide: 1-800-531-5551
TTY: 1-866-567-8893

Or, send us an email.

You may send your message to webes@ontario.ca. Most email inquiries will be answered electronically within 5 business days.

Questions about rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act are often complex. We recommend that you contact us by phone to discuss your question with an information officer:

Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre
Toll-free: 1-877-202-0008
TTY: 1-855-653-9260
Fax: 905-577-1316

Or, send us an email.

You may also send your message to webohs@ontario.ca. Most email inquiries will be answered electronically within 5 business days.

 
 
 
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