News from Ontario Ministry of Labour

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.

Employment Standards Information Centre

GTA: 416-326-7160
Canada-wide: 1-800-531-5551
TTY: 1-866-567-8893

Need other languages?

The Employment Standards Information Centre (1-800-531-5551) provides service in 23 different languages – from Arabic to Vietnamese.

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Report incidents, critical injuries or fatalities.
    If this is an emergency call 911 immediately.
  • Workplace health and safety inquiries.
    Have you checked our online resources?
  • Report unsafe work practices by calling the Contact Centre, 1-877-202-0008

Need other languages?

The Health and Safety Contact Centre (1-877-202-0008) provides service in 23 different languages – from Arabic to Vietnamese.

Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre

Toll-free: 1-877-202-0008
TTY: 1-855-653-9260
Fax: 905-577-1316

  • Call any time to report critical injuries, fatalities or work refusals.
  • Call 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, for general inquiries about workplace health and safety.
  • In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.
More information

September 20: Webinar on Employment Rights and Responsibilities: Important Information for Ontario Newcomers

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Eastern Time

Where: Online

To learn about employment rights and responsibilities for newcomers to Ontario, please attend one of the webinars on this topic offered by the Ministry of Labour.

September 14, 2017

October 1 Minimum Wage Rates

This Ministry of Labour web page shows Ontario's new minimum wage rates as of October 1, 2016.

September 13, 2016

Ministry of Labour launches new educational video, Know Your Rights

The video gives viewers an overview of core employment standards and is designed to help employees and employers understand their rights and obligations under the ESA, 2000.

June 21, 2016

Wednesday, June 22: Every Worker Has Rights International Webinar

When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9 a.m. ET 

Where: Online


This webinar will cover the right to be treated fairly at work, to work in a safe and healthy workplace, to be trained to deal with workplace hazards, and to join a trade union.

June 21, 2016

New educational video called 'Know Your Rights' from Ministry of Labour

The video has an overview of core employment standards and is designed to help employees and employers understand their rights and obligations under ESA 2000.

May 16, 2016

Tips and Gratuities

Starting June 10, 2016, it will be illegal for employers to keep a portion of employees' tips and other gratuities, except as permitted by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).

March 30, 2016

Every Worker Has Rights - Live Webinar on March 9, 2016, 9 AM EST hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour

Are you an internationally trained professional who has recently immigrated to Ontario or is planning to do so? There are important workplace rights and responsibilities that you should know. These rights and responsibilities also apply to temporary foreign workers. Join the Ontario Ministry of Labour as they host a live webinar on March 9, 2016, 9 AM EST.

January 05, 2016

New minimum wage rates come into effect October 1

Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. New rates come into effect tomorrow, Thursday, October 1, 2015.

September 30, 2015

Employment Standards Poster

Employers in Ontario must provide all current employees with a copy of version 6.0 of the Employment Standards Poster by June 19, 2015.

June 03, 2015

Blitz Focuses on Temporary Work

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 temp help agencies across Ontario.

December 19, 2014

Public Consultations on Ontario Workplace Health and Safety Prevention Programs

The Ministry of Labour is launching a public consultation on prevention programs to support strong workplace health and safety culture and performance.

November 13, 2014

Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps is available from the Ministry of Labour

Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps is one of several products being developed by the Ministry of Labour for mandatory health and safety awareness training in the workplace.

January 25, 2013

Health & Safety at Work - 'Prevention Starts Here'

Beginning October 1, 2012, employers must display a new workplace poster, "Health & Safety at Work: Prevention Starts Here."

September 20, 2012

Know Your Employment Rights – In Your Language

Ontarians who have questions about their employment rights can call the Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards Information Centre in 23 languages and dialects, from Arabic to Vietnamese.

August 16, 2012