Employment Standards

The Ministry of Labour enforces and promotes awareness of employment standards, such as minimum wage, hours of work, public holidays and other standards. Explore this website to learn more about employee rights and employer obligations in Ontario.


The 2017-2018 Inspection Blitz schedule is now available.

Learn the new minimum wage rates, effective Oct. 1, 2017.

File a Claim

Employees who believe their employer is not complying with Ontario's employment standards can file a claim with the Ministry of Labour.

Tools and Calculators

Our tools and calculators can help employers and employees understand and calculate entitlements for public holiday pay, termination pay, hours of work, overtime and more.

For Employers

Employers and/or recruiters are legally required to provide employees with copies of these documents in certain circumstances.

For more information on employment standards and how they work, consult Your Guide to the ESA, 2000.

Public Holidays

  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2017
  • Family Day: February 20, 2017
  • Good Friday: April 14, 2017
  • Victoria Day: May 22, 2017
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2017
  • Labour Day: September 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving Day: October 9, 2017
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2017
  • Boxing Day: December 26, 2017

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