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Your Rights at Work Changed in Ontario on January 1st

January 3, 2019 Fast Facts


Big changes for the rights of Ontario workers came into force on Janaury 1st. 

According to the Workers Action Centre ( these are some of the changes you should be aware of:

*$14 general minimum wage

* $13.15 minimum wage for students under 18

* $12.20 minimum wage for liquor servers These minimum wages will befrozen until October 1, 2020 when they will increase according to inflation every year.

*Eight (8) unpaid days of job-protected emergency leave for all workers. Three of these days can be used if you are sick; 3 days for family responsibilities, such as an illness or urgent matter of a family member; and 2 days for bereavement. Your employer is allowed to ask you for a medical note. We no longer get any paid sick days.

*One week notice or pay in lieu of notice when temporary agency workers are terminated from assignments that were supposed to last 3 months or longer.

* Temporary agencies and their client companies are jointly responsible for unpaid wages, overtime, public holiday pay and injuries.

*Misclassification is illegal. If you are an employee who is being misclassified as self-employed, call 1-855-531-0778 for help.

*Three (3) weeks of vacation after 5 years of working at the same company.

*Domestic or sexual violence leave of up to 10 individual days of leave and up to 15 weeks of leave if you or your child is experiencing or being threatened with domestic or sexual violence. The first 5 days of leave each year will be paid.

Support Workers

The Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) is a worker-based organization committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment.

The Workers Action Centre is committed to defending and expanding these labour laws. As we begin this New Year, please help  support workers in precarious jobs. Here are a few things you can do:

• If you have a problem at work, call 416-531-0778 (or call toll-free at 1-855-531-0778). All calls are free and confidential.

• Read and share information about

• Join and support the Fight for $15 and Fairness. Visit


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