Far Northeast Training Board
Other Sources of LMI
Employment Options Emploi
Chamber of Commerce
Radio, television, Internet, newspapers
Educational and training institutions
Your Rights @ Work
This info sheet is a great resource to inform young workers about their workplace rights:
Employment Standards Tools and Calculators
A direct link to the ministry’s suite of interactive online tools and calculators:
Employment Standards Claim Form
Employees who want the Ministry of Labour to investigate whether their rights under the Employment Standards Act have been violated must file a claim. The claim form can be found at: Ontario.ca/ESAforms
Employment Standards in Ontario
A law called the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) sets minimum standards for things like pay, hours and time off. Most workplaces in Ontario must follow this law and your rights are the same whether you work full-time or part-time. Signs that your employer may not be respecting your employment rights:
- Not getting paid on time. no pay stub and no time to eat
- Not paid for extra hours and no public holiday pay
- Unexplained deductions from your pay
What is the purpose of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)?
The ESA sets out the rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers in Ontario workplaces. It also contains provisions that apply to people who are seeking employment with temporary help agencies and, in some cases, to clients of such agencies, even though the client business is not the employer of the person filing a claim under the ESA. www.labour.gov.on.ca
Other government sites that can be of support for employee issues and concerns:
What about employment insurance and records of employment?
These come under the jurisdiction of the federal government. See the blue pages of your telephone book under “Employment, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Employment Insurance Telemessage.”
What are the rules about sexual harassment, harassment and discrimination?
For information, call your local Ontario Human Rights Commission office. See the Blue Pages of your telephone book under “Human Rights, Ontario Human Rights Commission.”
Are Unpaid Internships Legal in Ontario?
An internship can be valuable if a student receives academic credit or other benefits in exchange for their unpaid labour. Generally, an internship refers to a work arrangement which involves a person working at a business, receiving or not receiving pay for that work. The fact that you are called an “intern” does not determine whether or not you are entitled to the protections of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, including the minimum wage. To learn more about Ontario’s rules with respect to internships visit: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/internships.php
Deductions from wages
Some employers require you to pay for items like personal uniforms as a condition of having a job. However, deductions like these from your wages may only be made if you agree in writing to have a specified amount deducted. If a customer leaves without paying or your error costs your employer money, that amount cannot be deducted from your wages. To learn more, watch the Ministry of Labour’s video on Illegal Deductions from Wages.
Mandatory Employment Standards Poster
Your employer is required to post the most recent version of the Ministry of Labour’s “What You Should Know About the Ontario Employment Standards Act” in the workplace where it is likely that employees will see it. The poster describes important rights and responsibilities under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. A new version of the poster just came out in June 2014 and it can be downloaded from the Ontario Ministry of Labour website for free at Ontario.ca/ESAposter.
The Employment Standards Information Centre
If you have a question or would like to speak to one of the Ministry of Labour’s experts call the Employment Standards Information Centre. Service is available in multiple languages:
• 416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)
• 1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free)
• 1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)