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.

Please note the Ministry of Labour Employment Standards Call Centre is currently experiencing a phone system problem impacting incoming calls.
We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


Temporary Help Agency Blitz

Ministry inspecting temp help agencies in an employment standards blitz starting January.

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, 2015
  • Family Day: February 16, 2015
  • Good Friday: April 3, 2015
  • Victoria Day: May 18, 2015
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2015
  • Labour Day: September 7, 2015
  • Thanksgiving Day: October 12, 2015
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2015
  • Boxing Day: December 26, 2015

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