Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (2024)

Employment standards

  • A guide to minimum wage, public holidays, termination of employment and more
  • Industries and jobs with exemptions or special rules
  • File an employment standards claim
  • Tools and calculators
  • Employment Standards Act policy and interpretation manual
  • COVID-19: temporary changes to Employment Standards Act rules

Labour relations

Services for job seekers

  • Training and career resources
  • Better Jobs Ontario
  • Jobs for youth or students
  • Employment Ontario
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee program (OINP)

Services for employers

Education and career planning

Ontario-Quebec construction mobility

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Find a career you wouldn't trade

Learn how to become a tradesperson, find resources if you're an employer or currently working, and get job advice.

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Posters required in the workplace

For employers: Download posters and find out what you must post in the workplace by law.

What we do

  • work to eliminate workplace fatalities, injuries and illness through prevention and enforcement
  • work with system partners such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the Health and Safety Associations (HSAs), to reduce and prevent fatalities, illness and injuries in workplaces
  • develop and implement health and safety awareness and training programs
  • work with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to protect and support injured workers and employers while ensuring the organizations long-term sustainability
  • inspect high-risk workplaces to ensure compliance with the Employment Standards Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • investigate employment standards complaints
  • enforce employment standards such as hours of work, vacation pay, minimum wage, etc.
  • educate employers and employees about their workplace rights and obligations
  • provide funding to third party organizations through a number of grant programs
  • provide neutral collective agreement conciliation and mediation to help unions and employers
  • appoint arbitrators to resolve workplace grievances and labour disputes
  • provide neutral collective bargaining data, research, and analysis
  • deliver and promote employment and training services to people across the province
  • help people adjust to changes in the economy, retrain and find work
  • offer resources for career exploration and education planning
  • support employers and workers interested in hiring and training for skilled trades and apprenticeship careers
  • help people prepare for higher education and employment through adult learning programs
  • collect and analyze labour market data and report on job trends in Ontario
  • help employers hire and train employees through programs, grants and incentives
  • promote skilled immigration to attract international talent needed in Ontario's economy

Contact us

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
14th Floor, 400 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M7A1T7

Employment Standards Information Centre

  • Tel: 416-326-7160
  • Toll-free: 1-800-531-5551
  • TTY: 1-866-567-8893

Health and Safety Contact Centre

  • Toll-free: 1-877-202-0008
  • TTY: 1-855-653-9260

Employment Ontario

  • Tel: 416-326-5656
  • Toll-free: 1-800-387-5656
  • TTY: 1-866-533-6339
  • Live chat

Labour relations information

  • Tel: 416-326-7358
    (Collective Bargaining Information Services and Mediation Services)
  • Tel: 416-326-1300
    (Grievance Mediation Services and Arbitration Services)

Agencies, boards and commissions

The ministry is affiliated with the following independent agencies:


The ministry administers the following legislation:

  • Ambulance Services Collective Bargaining Act, 2001
  • Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021
  • Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act, 1993
  • Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009
  • Employment Standards Act, 2000
  • Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
  • Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, PartIX (Firefighters: Employment and Labour Relations)
  • Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act
  • Labour Relations Act, 1995
  • Ministry of Labour Act
  • Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Pay Equity Act
  • Protecting Child Performers Act, 2015
  • Public Sector Dispute Resolution Act, 1997
  • Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997
  • Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 [only in respect of the Public Service Grievance Board]
  • Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013
  • Regulatory Modernization Act, 2007
  • Rights of Labour Act
  • SARS Assistance and Recovery Strategy Act, 2003, PartI (SARS Emergency Leave)
  • Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011
  • Workers Day of Mourning Act, 2016
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
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