Ontario, Canada to Introduce Legislation Requiring Employers to Disclose Electronic Monitoring of Workers

On February 24, 2022, Ontario announced that later this month, in an effort to protect the privacy of employees, it will be the first province to introduce legislation requiring employers to tell their workers if and how they are being monitored electronically.  If the legislation is passed, employers with 25 or more workers will be required to have electronic monitoring policies in place that are transparent regarding how employees’ use of computers, cell phones, GPS systems and other electronic devices are being tracked. 

Such policies will be required to indicate:

  • Whether the employer electronically monitors its workers;
  • If so, how and in what circumstances the employer does this; and
  • The purpose of collecting information through electronic monitoring.

If passed, the legislation will apply to employees working in the workplace, in the field, or at home.

We will report further once the draft legislation is introduced and passed.

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.