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The ESA Poster

  • ISBN (HTML): 978-1-4435-4490-0
  • ISBN (PDF): 978-1-4435-4491-7
  • ISBN (Print): 978-1-4435-4489-4
  • Issued: September 2010
  • Content last reviewed: November 2011
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This workbook has been prepared to assist employers and employees in understanding some of their obligations and rights under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and its regulations. It does not take the place of the ESA and its regulations and it should not be considered to offer any legal advice on your particular situation.

Posting the poster shows your employees that you are aware of your obligations. It also lets them know what their rights are. By posting the poster you are saying to your employees that you are aware of the law.

Virtually every business in Ontario that employs people is required to post the poster titled “What You Should Know About the Ontario Employment Standards Act”. Employers that are not covered by the ESA are not required to display the poster.

The poster is free. The most recent version (4.0) can be printed or downloaded from a section of the MOL website.

It can also picked up, free of charge from any Service Ontario office.

The poster sets out, in very brief terms, many of the rights that employees have under the ESA. It is a simple way for the Ministry to make sure employees who are covered by the ESA know their rights.

It is important to note that if the majority language of a workplace is a language other than English, the employer must contact the Ministry of Labour to see whether the Ministry has prepared a translation of the poster into that language. If so, the employer is required to post a copy of the translation next to the English version of the poster. All multilingual material is available on the Ministry of Labour’s website.

It is a good idea to be familiar with the contents of the poster. Much of the information on it will be covered later on in the workbook.

Hanging the poster and ensuring the standards described in it are being followed is an excellent employee relations practice.

ESA Poster Checklist

Do you have a copy of the ESA poster posted in your workplace?

Yes No

You answered 'No', you can find the poster on the website.

You answered 'Yes', please continue with this checklist:

It is the current version (4.0)?

Yes No

It is posted where it will come to the attention of your employees?

Yes No

If required, have you posted the poster in a second language?

Yes No

If you have multiple locations, there is a copy posted in each one

Yes No


Questions? Call the Employment Standards Call Centre at 1-800-531-5551

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