Employment Standards

Changes to Employment Standards Act, 2000 rules

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit

On April 29, 2021, the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Benefit came into effect and the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) was amended.  Employers are now required to provide eligible employees with up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave because of certain reasons related to COVID-19. Eligible employers must make their application for reimbursement to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board within 120 days of the date the employer paid the employee.

Emergency declaration terminated

The emergency that was declared under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act because of COVID-19 on April 7, 2021 is over.  During a declared emergency, an employee may have had a right under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to take declared emergency leave, which is an unpaid, job-protected leave of absence. Learn more.

Temporary ESA rules continue

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government made a regulation that changed certain Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) rules during the COVID-19 period. The temporary rules continue to be in effect until January 1, 2022. Learn more.


The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development enforces and promotes awareness of employment standards, such as minimum wage, hours of work, public holidays and other standards. Explore this website to learn more about employee rights and employer obligations in Ontario.

File a Claim

Employees who believe their employer is not complying with Ontario's employment standards can file a claim with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Tools and Calculators

Our tools and calculators can help employers and employees understand and calculate entitlements for public holiday pay, termination pay, hours of work, overtime and more.

For Employers

Employers and/or recruiters are legally required to provide employees with copies of these documents in certain circumstances.

For more information on employment standards and how they work, consult Your Guide to the ESA, 2000.

Public Holidays

  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2021
  • Family Day: February 15, 2021
  • Good Friday: April 2, 2021
  • Victoria Day: May 24, 2021
  • Canada Day: July 1, 2021
  • Labour Day: September 6, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Day: October 11, 2021
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2021
  • Boxing Day: December 26, 2021

Learn more about public holidays or calculate your public holiday pay.