I’m a temporary foreign worker. What are my rights?
Question & AnswerI’m a temporary foreign worker. What are my rights?
2. Know about your rights
The rights you have depend on your job. There are special rules for:
- domestic workers, like nannies, cleaners, and other people who work in their employer's homes
- farm employees, who plant food, care for animals, and do other types of farm work
- harvesters, who pick fruit, tobacco, and vegetables
Employment standard laws
Most temporary foreign workers are protected by Ontario's Employment Standards Act. This law says what the minimum wage is, what breaks you must have, and which vacation days you get.
Safety at work
Most temporary foreign workers are protected by Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act. This law says what an employer must do to keep the workplace safe. For example, employers must:
- train workers about dangers at work
- warn workers about special risks, such as dangerous machinery or toxic substances, like poisons or cleaning products that can hurt workers or the environment
This law does not apply to domestic workers when they’re working in their employer’s home.
If your workplace is not safe, you can report this to the Ministry of Labour. If you refuse to do work because it's not safe and your employer punishes you for this, read Step 3 to find out what you can do.