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, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, and the Working for Workers Act, 2021.  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., the mandatory safety plan requirement for certain businesses; the health screening requirement for workers before they go to work or start their shift each day (whether or not they have been vaccinated); the requirement that patrons of specified businesses provide proof of full vaccination status and identification at the entry point of specified premises; and the requirement to post COVID-19 signage in workplaces, etc.). 

We have prepared an update to this publication dated February 7, 2022 (10th edition), which includes information about the new mandatory policy on disconnecting from work; Version 12 of the mandatory health screening tool, released on February 4, 2022; and Version 5 of the Guidance Document regarding proof of vaccination for patrons of specified businesses and organizations, released on January 27, 2022.  Click here to read the February 2022 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.