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Worker Rights

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The following links will help you understand your rights as an employee in Ontario:  

  • Employment Equity Act

    Online source of consolidated Acts and regulations of Canada.

  • Employment Standards

    The Employment Standards Act (ESA) is a law that sets minimum standards for workplaces in Ontario.

  • Minimum wage

    Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time or casual employees; or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary. 

  • Ontario Human Rights Commission

    Ontario Human Rights CommissionThe Ontario Human Rights Code protects people in Ontario against discrimination in:
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour

    The Ontario Ministry of Labour was created in 1919 to develop and enforce labour legislation.  The Ministry of Labour's mission is to advance safe, fair and harmonious workplace practices that are essential to the social and economic well being of the people of Ontario.

  • Health & Safety at Work - "Prevention Starts Here": Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act gives workers rights. It sets out roles for employers, supervisors and workers so they can work together to make workplaces safer.
  • Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors: The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regulation requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

    The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) promotes workplace health and safety, and provides a workers compensation system for the employers and workers of Ontario.

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

The OHSA Sets out the rights and duties of workers, supervisors, employers and others for safe and healthy workplaces

As a worker, you have the right to:

  • Know about workplace hazards
  • Refuse unsafe work
  • Participate in addressing workplace health and safety issues

Some examples of employer duties are to:

Provide basic health and safety awareness training to workers and supervisors

Provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on how to work safely

Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness

There are a series of training tools to help you learn how to work safely – several available in different languages at ontario.ca/learntoworksafe

For more information: visit the website ontario.ca/HealthAndSafetyAtWork, email webohs@ontario.ca, or call the Health and Safety Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-202-0008.

Tips & Advice

Employment Guide for Newcomers

The local Employment Guide provides newcomers to Brantford/Brant (Haldimand/Norfolk) with information on finding employment. (The previous link to a PDF requires a reader like the Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Preparing Your Resume

When you apply for a job, you usually send a résumé. Ontario.ca has some helpful ideas to learn about how to write an effective résumé.

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