Employment Standards

Fairness in the workplace is the right of all Ontarians.

Employment standards are enforced under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), which sets out the minimum standards that employers and employees must follow.

The Ministry of Labour, through its Employment Standards Program:

  • enforces the ESA and its regulations
  • provides information and education to employers and employees, making it easier for people to understand and comply voluntarily
  • investigates possible violations
  • resolves complaints

If you are employed in Ontario, you are probably protected by the ESA. To find out more, check out our General Information Fact Sheet.

Employees who believe their employer has not complied with the law can file a claim with the Ministry of Labour.

Spotlight

New Leaves of Absence

On October 29, new leaves of absence are available to employees.

Taking Action to Protect Interns

Thousands recovered in internship inspection blitz.

Vulnerable Workers Blitz

Employment Standards blitz underway to help protect vulnerable workers.

New ESA Poster

A new version of the mandatory Employment Standards poster is available now.

Did You Know...

Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), most employees earn at least two weeks of vacation time after every twelve months.

Employees are generally entitled to be paid at least 4 percent of their total wages earned as vacation pay.

Learn more about the ESA’s vacation provisions.

Public Holidays and Calculator

  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2014
  • Family Day: February 17, 2014
  • Good Friday: April 18, 2014
  • Victoria Day: May 19, 2014
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2014
  • Labour Day: September 1, 2014
  • Thanksgiving Day: October 13, 2014
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2014
  • Boxing Day: December 26, 2014

Learn more about public holidays or calculate your public holiday pay.