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Young and Temporary Foreign Workers Blitzes

  • Issued: May 6, 2016
  • Content last reviewed: May 2016

Ontario is helping to protect vulnerable workers with two employment standards blitzes this spring.

From May 2 to June 30, 2016, Ministry of Labour employment standards officers will conduct two simultaneous inspection blitzes focusing on:

  • workplaces in sectors known to employ young workers (employees under the age of 25)
  • workplaces that employ temporary foreign workers

Young workers and temporary foreign workers may be at greater risk of having their employment standards rights violated as they work more often in precarious employment.

Precarious employment refers to work that is seasonal, part-time or temporary. Such work is unlike a traditional employment relationship that involves a full-time, permanent arrangement with one employer.

These employees may also lack the ability, language skills or resources to understand their rights.

Blitz Focus

In both blitzes, ministry employment standards officers will visit workplaces in sectors such as construction, food services and retail trade.

The officers will check that employers are complying with requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). Officers will focus on employment standards such as:

  • record-keeping
  • hours of work
  • overtime pay
  • vacation with pay
  • minimum wage
  • public holidays

Employment standards officers will take enforcement action, as appropriate, in response to any violations of the ESA.

The Ministry of Labour is committed to educating employers and employees, and ensuring those employees are treated fairly on the job. The goal is promote compliance so those engaged in precarious work receive their entitlements.

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