What Is the Role of the Ministry of Labour in Ontario?


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The role of Canada's Ministry of Labour in Toronto, Ontario, is to administer the Employment Standards Act, 2000, through providing compliance support, conducting payroll records and workplace practices inspections, investigating and resolving workplace complaints, and enforcing the regulations of the Act, as of 2016. The agency can issue tickets to companies that commit violations of the Employment Standards Act, or can pursue charges in court that may result in fines or imprisonment.

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To help companies comply with the Employment Standards Act, and to help workers understand its provisions, the Ministry of Labour provides several type of publications and services, such as posters, fact sheets, online tools and calculators. Officers with the agency make proactive visits to job sites to inspect payroll operations and to view daily operations procedure to ensure companies are in compliance, and may remove records for further inspection. These officers may serve notice prior to visiting a business location, but this is not a requirement of the Employment Standards Act.

The Ministry of Labour investigates complaints from employees concerning workplace standards violations, and provides claim forms through which employees can ask for missing wages. If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute once paperwork has been shared by both sides, the Ministry of Labour opens an investigation. The agency enforces the Employment Standards Act through orders to pay wages, compliance orders, tickets, notices of contravention and orders to compensate or reinstate employees.

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