Ontario, Canada: Requirements for Mandatory Policies, Training and Postings

Employers subject to provincial legislation (i.e., not federal employers) that have employees in Ontario often ask about legislative requirements under various employment statutes, including mandatory policies, training and postings under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the Pay Equity Act, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.  To make this information conveniently available, the Littler Toronto office assembled these requirements in a single publication. 

The publication also includes links to Ontario government requirements regarding COVID-19 (e.g., mandatory safety plan requirement for certain businesses, health screening requirement for all members of the public at the workplace, including any workers (i.e., staff, including students, contractors or volunteers that conduct business or related activities) upon entry to the workplace at the beginning of their day or shift, and essential visitors (e.g., delivery, maintenance, contract workers), and signage), which have been put in place to help employers protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in Ontario. 

We have prepared an update to this publication dated March 15, 2021 (8th edition), which includes Version 5 of the mandatory health screening tool, released on March 9, 2021.  Click here to read the updated March 2021 update.

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.