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Ensuring Temporary Workers' Rights

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Ensuring Temporary Workers' Rights

McGuinty Government Committed to Protecting Employment Standards

Ontario will help ensure fairness in the workplace by proactively inspecting temp agencies across the province in a three-month blitz this summer.

Beginning in June, inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will perform targeted inspections to ensure temp agencies are in compliance with the Employment Standards Act.

The inspections will ensure compliance on standards such as:

  • Minimum wage
  • Vacation pay
  • Public holidays, including time off and public holiday pay
  • Rules related to hours of work, eating periods and overtime pay.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to ensuring all Ontarians are treated fairly through its Employment Standards Program and Safe at Work Ontario strategy, while creating jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2004, the ministry's Employment Standards Program has recovered more than $90 million in wages and other monies owed to employees through inspections, claims and collections.
  • About 735,000 people in Ontario work in temporary jobs; many of them are employed by temp agencies.

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“Temporary employees are an important and vital part of Ontario's workforce and our provincial economy. Our government is committed to ensuring that all Ontario employees, and especially our most vulnerable workers, are protected and treated fairly no matter where they work.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Labour

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