Ministry of Labour Continuing Digital Evolution
21st century tool will save job creators time and money
Ontario's government is working for the people to help job creators by introducing a digital tool to help employers audit their compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The new digital self-audit tool can replace slow and cumbersome paper audits and will make it easier for businesses to comply with the Act and pay workers faster.
"Bringing my Ministry into the 21st century is an important step in building a dynamic labour market in Ontario," said Minister of Labour Laurie Scott. "The digital self-audit tool gives job creators a simple, easy and convenient way to demonstrate they follow the rules."
Prior to today's announcement, ESA-related inspections involved Employment Standards Officers (ESO) visiting the business during peak hours, questioning the employer and auditing paper records.
In 2018, the Ministry of Labour conducted 2,348 paper audits of Ontario employers.
After today, the Ministry of Labour will be able to send an employer a link to an online portal where the employer can easily enter payroll information, submit their audit results and confirm compliance.
The digital evaluation at the Ministry of Labour is a win-win-win for workers, businesses and government:
- The digital self-audit tool will get unpaid wages into the hands of workers faster, and without the necessity of a claim.
- The digital self-audit tool saves time and money for Ontario's job creators.
- The shift to digital enforcement supports the government's commitment to a modern, efficient government and allows the Ministry of Labour to focus enforcement on the real offenders.
"I am committed to fair and competitive labour and employment regulation in Ontario. Our government is making Ontario Open for Business to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, while maintaining rules that keep Ontario workplaces safe and fair," said Scott.
- During development of the self-audit tool, focus groups were held with employers to help shape its form and function.
- The new solution was piloted in the Greater Toronto Area this summer at companies with fewer than 25 employees, and since then has been rolled out to all ESOs across the province.
- The government is committed to developing digital solutions to deliver simpler, faster and better services to the people and businesses of Ontario.