What are my rights as a worker in Ontario?

The Employment Standards Act (ESA) is a law in Ontario that protects workers' rights. This law tells employers how to treat workers fairly.

ESA protects 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, Training and Skills Development 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.

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Last updated: June 6, 2024 4001115