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Newcomers Facing Labour Struggles

This comic book illustrates the types of law-related issues newcomers can face when trying to get, and keep, employment in Canada through four real-life scenarios. It is available in several languages, linked to below. To ask for print copies in any of the other languages, contact KEYS Job Centre, the producing organization.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Kirundi, Mandarin, Spanish

Produced by:

KEYS Job Centre

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Protecting Employees

This resource explains how the Employment Standards Act protects workers in Ontario. It answers questions such as, 

  • My employer says I am not covered under the ESA. Is this true?
  • What are my rights?
  • I was punished for asking for my rights. What can I do? 

and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Rights Bites podcasts and lesson plans

This podcast series for newcomers draws attention to some common legal problems that affect newcomer tenants and workers in Ontario, and gives information about legal rights. There is also a companion set of adult education for LINC and ESL instructors to help guide learners through the podcasts. The podcasts are also available for download from […]

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Workers’ Action Centre resources

The Workers’ Action Centre has legal information in a number of languages on topics related to workers’ rights.

Available in:

English, Bengali, Chinese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Your Rights at Work: An Action Guide for Fair Employment

This booklet explains how workers can protect and assert their rights and what to do if their rights are violated. Topics covered include starting a new job, wages, hours of work, leaves and time off, injuries at work, termination, discrimination and harassment, and more.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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OHRC policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes

This section of the Ontario Human Rights Commission website explains the OHRC position on dress codes for employers and employees. It also includes links to these OHRC publications:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Guides

These guides on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario website are designed to help you understand and access the HRTO’s dispute resolution process:

  • Applicant’s Guide
  • Respondent’s Guide
  • A Guide to Mediation at Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (PDF | HTML)
  • Guide to Preparing for a Hearing Before the HRTO

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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What do I do if I feel harassed or discriminated against?

This web page explains how to respond to discrimination and provides links to additional resources on this topic.

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

Settlement.Org

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Employment Standards Labour Topics and Publications

This website has information about finding the Ministry of Labour’s wide selection of Employment Standards publications by topic or by browsing their publication list. It also tells how to find their information in other languages and in accessible formats.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Impaired at Work: A guide to accommodating substance dependence

The purpose of this guide is to help federally-regulated employers address substance dependence in the workplace in a way that is in harmony with human rights legislation. This guide outlines the rights and responsibilities of the employee, job applicants, the employer, unions and/or employee representatives.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017