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.


Tips and Other Gratuities Video

New rules surrounding the handling of tips and gratuities.


Overview of your employment standards rights and obligations.

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New rules as of June 10, 2016.

Public Holidays and Calculator

  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2016
  • Family Day: February 15, 2016
  • Good Friday: March 25, 2016
  • Victoria Day: May 23, 2016
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2016
  • Labour Day: September 5, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Day: October 10, 2016
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2016
  • Boxing Day: December 26, 2016

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

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.