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Caregiving benefits and leave: What caregiving benefits offer

This section of the Government of Canada website covers: What caregiving benefits offer, Eligibility, How to apply, After you’ve applied, While receiving benefits, and Information for medical professionals.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Critical illness leave

Critical illness leave is unpaid job-protected leave of absence of up to 37 weeks in relation to a critically ill minor child, or 17 weeks in relation to a critically ill adult within a 52-week period.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Do you know what your rights are? Employment Standards Act

This factsheet has information on minimum wages, hours of work, pay for overtime, holidays, and vacation, deductions from pay, personal emergency leave, and termination.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Employment Standards ES Self-Service Tool

The Ministry of Labour provides this Employment Standards Self Service Tool. It is designed to make it easier for employers and employees in Ontario to understand and comply with the Employment Standards Act (ESA). It also includes calculations to determine whether the amount paid to an employee meets the minimum standards of the ESA.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Family Caregiver Leave

This section of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s website has information about Family Caregiver Leave, which is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to eight weeks per calendar year per specified family member. It covers eligibility and and requirements when applying.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Family Medical Leave

This section of the Ontario Ministry of Labour website has information about Family Medical Leave, which is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to eight weeks in a 26-week period. Topics covered include eligibility and related information.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Hours of Work

This section of the Ministry of Labour website has information on daily and weekly limits to hours of work, valid exceptions to limits on hours of work, hours free from work, exceptional circumstances, and eating periods and breaks. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Industries and Jobs with Exemptions or Special Rules

This guide is designed to explain which parts of an industry or job are not covered by the Employment Standards Act or are covered by special rules that change how some parts of the act apply.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Know Your Rights at Work

This is a basic overview of your rights at work under the Employment Standards Act (ESA). It looks at topics such as signing a contract, minimum wage, hours of work, overtime, and more. It also looks at who is covered under the ESA, and how to protect yourself. This publication reflects the changes that came into effect in 2019.

Available in:

English, Chinese, Spanish, Tamil

Produced by:

Workers' Action Centre

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Ontario Ministry of Labour Videos and Photos

This section of the Ministry of Labour’s website has links to Employment Standards and Health and Safety videos and photos, as well as the Ministry’s Ontario at Work channels on YouTube.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019