1. Find out if you're covered by the Employment Standards Act

How do I make an employment standards claim with the Ministry of Labour?
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1. Find out if you're covered by the Employment Standards Act

Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has rules about minimum notice periods and pay in lieu of notice.

But not all jobs are covered by the ESA. And for some jobs, only parts of the ESA apply.

Use the Ministry of Labour's online tool called Industries and Jobs with Exemptions or Special Rules to find out if:

  • your job is covered by the ESA
  • the ESA rules about being fired or laid off apply to you

You can also call the Ministry's Employment Standards Information Centre at 1-800-531-5551, 416-326-7160, or 1-866-567-8893 (TTY).

If the ESA does not cover your situation, check What laws apply to me as a worker?

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Reviewed: January 1, 2018

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