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Claim and Inspection Statistics

The Ministry of Labour enforces compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), Employment Protections for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 (EPFNA) and their regulations through claim investigations, proactive inspections and, if necessary, prosecutions.

Claim Investigations

Investigations are initiated when a claim is filed against an employer, alleging a violation of the ESA.

Claims Investigated by Fiscal Year: 2012-2017
Fiscal Year (April 1 – March 31) Claims Investigated
2012/13 12,344
2013/14 14,656
2014/15 17,453
2015/16 15,411
2016/17 15,498

Top five claims filed in 2016/17:

  1. Payment of Wages
  2. Termination Pay
  3. Vacation Pay/Vacation Time
  4. Overtime Pay
  5. Public Holidays/Public Holiday Pay

Proactive Inspections

The Ministry of Labour conducts proactive inspections of workplaces, focusing on high-risk sectors and repeat violators, to increase compliance with the ESA and the EPFNA. Proactive inspections are initiated by the ministry and do not require a claim to be filed against the employer.

The purpose of proactive inspections is to:

  • Enforce the ESA, the EPFNA and their regulations
  • Communicate the requirements and raise awareness and understanding of the ESA and the EPFNA
  • Promote self-reliance in the workplace.
Proactive Inspections by Fiscal Year: 2012-2017
Fiscal Year (April 1 – March 31) Proactive Inspections Completed
2012/13 2,460
2013/14 2,232
2014/15 2,477
2015/16 3,230
2016/17 3,334

Top five employment standards violations discovered during proactive inspections in 2016/17:

  1. Public Holidays/Public Holiday Pay
  2. Hours of Work: Excess Daily or Weekly
  3. Record Keeping
  4. Vacation Pay: Written Agreements
  5. Vacation Pay/Vacation Time