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Employment Standards Poster

  • Content last reviewed: May 2015

To help ensure that employers understand their obligations and that employees know their rights, the Minister of Labour has prepared and published an Employment Standards Poster entitled “Employment Standards in Ontario”.

This poster describes important rights and requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and must be posted in the workplace where it is likely that employees will see it. Employers are also required to give every employee a copy of the poster.

What's New?

Employers are required to post the most recent version (6.0) of the Employment Standards Poster published by the Minister of Labour in the workplace where it is likely to come to the attention of employees. The poster must be displayed in English. If the majority language of a workplace is a language other than English, and the ministry has published a version of the poster in that language the employer is required to post a copy of the translation next to the English version of the poster.

Changes in the law that came into force on May 20, 2015 also require employers to provide employees who are covered under the ESA with a copy of the most recent version of the Employment Standards Poster.

If an employee requests a copy of the poster in a language other than English and the ministry has published a version of the poster in that language, the employer must provide the translated version in addition to the English copy.

A previous version is already posted in the workplace. Does it have to be replaced by the version 6.0?

Yes. The earlier version should be removed from the workplace and replaced with version 6.0.

What happens if version 5.0 is not replaced with version 6.0?

An employer who is required to post the poster and who fails to post version 6.0 on or after May 1, 2015 would be in violation of the Employment Standards Act, 2000. This could result in an employment standards officer taking enforcement action.

Who needs to post the poster?

Most workplaces covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 are required to post the poster.

Who needs to get the poster?

All employees in Ontario that are covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 must receive a copy of the poster from their employer.

Employers must provide all current employees with a copy of version 6.0 of the Employment Standards Poster by June 19, 2015. Any new employees hired after May 20, 2015 must be given a copy within 30 days of their date of hire.

An employer may provide the poster as a printed copy or as an attachment in an email to the employee. In addition, an employer may provide the poster via a link to the document on an internet database, but only if the employer ensures the employee has reasonable access to that database (i.e. must ensure the employee has access to a computer and is able to access a working link to the document) and ensures the employee has access to a printer and that the employee knows how to use the computer and the printer.

How can I get the poster?

Please note that it is the poster in PDF format that must be printed and posted in the workplace. This poster must be printed out on letter-size (8 ½" X 11") paper. It can be printed in colour or black and white.

The poster is available:

You can download, view and print the poster. See "How do I print the poster" for more information. You need to have Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer. You can download this free software from Adobe.

How much does the poster cost?

It is free of charge to download.

The poster can be printed in colour or black and white.

  • Select Print from the toolbar on your computer.
  • A print window will open.
  • Click OK.

To view and print PDF files, you need to have Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer. You can download this free software from Adobe. For your convenience, an HTML copy is also provided.

Please note that it is the poster in PDF format that must be printed and posted in the workplace. The PDF version must also be provided to employees electronically or in hardcopy.

If you have any questions concerning the information in this notice or are unable to print the poster, please contact the Employment Standards Information Centre at:

416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)
1-800-531-5551 (toll free Canada-wide)
1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Information is available in multiple languages.