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.
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.
- New Year's Day: January 1, 2013
- Family Day: February 18, 2013
- Good Friday: March 29, 2013
- Victoria Day: May 20, 2013
- Canada Day: July 1, 2013
- Labour Day: September 2, 2013
- Thanksgiving Day: October 14, 2013
- Christmas Day: December 25, 2013
- Boxing Day: December 26, 2013
Learn more about public holidays or calculate your public holiday pay.