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Blitz Focuses on Temporary Work

Ontario Government Committed to Protecting Employment Rights

  • Issued: December 16, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: December 2014
  • See also: Backgrounder

Ontario is helping protect vulnerable workers by proactively inspecting temporary help agencies during a two-month employment standards blitz.

Beginning in January 2015, the Ministry of Labour will focus on contraventions of the Employment Standards Act, with a particular focus on public holiday pay, at temporary help agencies across Ontario. The ministry will also continue to address contraventions of other employment standards during the course of the blitz.

Protecting workers and helping businesses stay competitive is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


"Temporary help agencies introduce a talented pool of workers to the workforce to fill immediate needs, but there are risks for worker exploitation. It’s important workplaces know their responsibilities, and this blitz gives us an opportunity to educate them about their duties and help ensure workers are being treated fairly."
— Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour


  • Temporary help agency assignment employees have the same rights to public holiday pay as other employees in Ontario.
  • Between April 2013 and March 2014, the Ministry of Labour conducted more than 2,700 employment standards inspections in various sectors, recovering more than $3.1 million for employees across Ontario


Read more about protections for temporary help agency employees.

Learn more about resources available to temporary help agencies and their employees.

Learn more about the province’s proactive inspections.

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
William Lin, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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