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What is the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and how can it help me?
The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) is the provincial agency that provides support and insurance for workers injured on the job.
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.
What are my health and safety rights?
You have the right to know about dangerous materials or equipment used in your work. You can also say no to work that is not safe.
What are my rights as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) person at work?
You have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
What is the minimum wage when I work?
The minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage your employer can pay you. This affects full-time and part-time workers.
What is discrimination at work? What can I do if I am being discriminated against at work?
The Ontario Human Rights Code is a law about discrimination. It says that an employer cannot discriminate against you for certain reasons.
Your Rights Under the Employment Standards Act
This information sheet provides a summary of your rights as a foreign national employed in Ontario under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).
This resource outlines the laws in Ontario that protect workers and provides tips for staying safe at work.
Your Employment Standards Rights: Temporary Help Agency Assignment Employees
This information sheet gives a summary of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) rights for assignment employees of temporary help agencies.
Your Rights Under the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act
The Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 (EPFNA) applies to foreign nationals who work or are seeking work in Ontario pursuant to an immigration or foreign temporary employee program.
Illegal Deductions From Wages
This video gives some examples of the types of deductions your employer shouldn’t make from your pay cheque. In Ontario employers can only make deductions in specific circumstances.
Information for Employees About Hours of Work and Overtime Pay
These are the general rules in Ontario about hours of work and overtime pay. There are exceptions and special rules for some employees under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).
Your Rights as a Worker
You have rights as a worker, even if you are not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or you do not have a work permit. This fact sheet is produced by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO).