I came to Canada as a domestic worker. What are my rights?

1. Make sure you’re a domestic worker

In Ontario, being a “domestic worker” has a special meaning in the law.

You're a domestic worker if you do one of the following:

  • work in your employer's home doing things like cooking, housework, and cleaning
  • care for your employer's children or elderly relatives, or a family member who has a

You're not a domestic worker if you babysit for short periods of time.

Most domestic workers live in the same home as their employer. But you don't have to live with your employer to be a domestic worker.

It does not matter what your boss calls your job. The important thing is the type of work that you do.

If you’re a residential care worker

Being a domestic worker is not the same as being a “residential care worker”.

Residential care workers also care for children or adults with disabilities. And like domestic workers, they normally sleep at their place of work. But these workers usually have medical training and provide care 24 hours a day.

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