Ontario Employment Standards

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Ontario Employment Standards

Ontario Employment Standards

 

Public Holidays

Minimum Wage Rates
Hours of Work, Overtime Pay, Rest/Eating Periods

Vacation Entitlement, Vacation Pay

Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Family Medical, Family Responsibility
Bereavement

 

 

Public Holidays/ Holiday Pay

The chart below is the Ontario holiday schedule

Holiday

2020

2021

New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 1

Friday, January 1

Family Day

Monday, February 17

Monday, February 15

Good Friday

Friday, April 10

Friday, April 2

Victoria Day

Monday, May 18

Monday, May 24

Canada Day

Wednesday, July 1

Thursday, July 1

Labour Day

Monday, September 7

Monday, September 6

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 12

Monday, October 11

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25

Saturday, December 25

Boxing Day

Saturday, December 26

Sunday, December 26

 

Any public holiday that falls on Saturday or Sunday is observed on the following Monday;

Labour Day is observed on the first Monday in September;

Thanksgiving Day is observed on the second Monday in October;

Remembrance Day is not a public holiday in Ontario; and

Easter Sunday is not a public holiday but under the Retail Business Holidays Act businesses are required to be closed

 
 

Minimum Wage Rates

 

 
Minimum
Wage Rate

January 1, 2018
 to  
September 30, 2020

October 1, 2020
 to  
September 30, 2021

General wage

$14.00 per hour

$14.25 per hour

Student wage

$13.15 per hour

$13.40 per hour

Liquor servers

$12.20 per hour

$12.45 per hour

Homeworkers

$15.40 per hour

$15.70 per hour

Hunting and Fishing guides

$70.00 - less than 5 consecutive hours in a day
 
$140,00 - 5 or more hours

$71.30 - less than 5 consecutive hours in a day
 
$142.60 - 5 or more hours

Wilderness guides

Rates are the same as hunting guides

(From June 3, 2019
to September 30, 2020)

Rates are the same as hunting guides

 
The chart below shows relevant information on Employment Standards

 

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Hours of Work

maximum 8 hours daily

maximum 48 hours weekly

employee must be paid a minimum of three hours if called in to work

Overtime Pay

1-1/2 times of regular pay after 44 hours of work in a week

Rest/Eating Periods

in a 24-hour period, a rest period of 11 consecutive hours;

between shifts, eight hours of rest period

in a work week, a rest period of 24 consecutive hours

a 30-minute eating break after five hours of work or this can be split into two 15-minute breaks

Vacation Entitlement

two weeks of vacation time with less than  five years of employment

three weeks of vacation time with five or  more years of employment

Vacation Pay

4% of vacationable earnings for employment less than five years

6% of vacationable earnings for employment after five years

Pregnancy and Parental Leave

17 weeks or longer of unpaid time off work

birth mothers can take up to 61 weeks of unpaid time off work

all other new parents can take up to 63 weeks of unpaid time off work

Family Medical

leave is unpaid. It is a job-protected leave of up to 28 weeks in a 52-week period

Family Responsibility

employees are allowed up to three days per year after they have worked for at least two consecutive weeks

Bereavement

allowed up to 2 unpaid days of leave each calendar year because of the death of family members

 

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