The ESA sets out rights of employees and requirements that apply to employers in most Ontario workplaces.
Most employees and employers in Ontario are covered by the ESA. However, the ESA does not apply to certain individuals and persons or organizations for whom they may perform work, including:
Employees of the Crown are excluded from some (but not all) provisions of the ESA.
Use the Special Rule Tool to find out who is not covered by certain parts of the ESA and who is covered by special rules.
Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help employees and employers understand some of the minimum rights and obligations established under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the ESA or regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation. Although we endeavor to ensure that the information in this resource is as current and accurate as possible, errors do occasionally occur. The ESA provides minimum standards only. Some employees may have greater rights under an employment contract, collective agreement, the common law or other legislation. Employers and employees may wish to obtain legal advice.
Employment Standards Information Centre
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