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What are my rights as a worker in Ontario?

The Employment Standards Act (ESA) is a law in Ontario. Employers have to treat workers fairly. This law tells employers how to do that.

The Employment Standards Act (ESA) is for most workers in Ontario. It does not apply to workers in federally-regulated industries, such as banks and transportation.

The ESA has rules that employers have to follow. They tell employers what they can and can't make you do. These include the rules about:

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has information about your rights and responsibilities. You can file a claim with the Ministry if you think your employer did not respect your rights. Find out more about when to file a claim.

As a worker in Ontario, you also have health and safety rights and the right to be free from discrimination.

For More Information

  • Employment Standards - Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on a variety of related issues. Also includes a glossary of phrases and words and information in different languages. From the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
  • Your Employment Standards Rights: Foreign National Live-in Caregivers - This fact sheet has information about your rights as a Live-in Caregiver in Ontario. It is available in different languages. Produced by the Ministry of Labour.
  • Work Smart Ontario - Information about employment standards for youth and people starting out in the workforce in Ontario. What you need to know about protecting your health and safety and understanding your employment rights. From the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
Last Updated: May 8, 2012
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