Your Rights at Work
If you have questions or concerns about your rights at work, you may choose to speak with your employer or the Human Resources department at your place of employment. If you are uncomfortable approaching your employer or still have questions or concerns after speaking with your employer, you can contact the following:
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
Sets out the rights and duties of workers, supervisors, employers and others for safe and healthy workplaces
As a worker, you have the right to:
• Know about workplace hazards
• Refuse unsafe work
• Participate in addressing workplace health and safety issues
Some examples of employer duties are to:
• Provide basic health and safety awareness training to workers and supervisors
• Provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on how to work safely
• Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness
There are a series of training tools to help you learn how to work safely – several available in different languages at
For more information: ontario.ca/HealthAndSafetyAtWork,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
call: Health and Safety Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-202-0008
What are taxes?
Taxes are collected from individual Canadians and businesses by the government to help pay for roads, schools, health care, and other important government programs and services. Taxes are collected in different ways.
Income Tax: In Canada, a portion of each employee's income is considered taxable. Most employees choose to have this amount deducted directly off their paycheque, while others choose to calculate what they owe when they file their annual taxes and pay the difference at that time. The amount each person is required to pay varies based on their total annual earnings, minus any deductions and credits. For more information about income tax, visit the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.
InMyLanguage.ca has more information about
how to file your income tax return available in multiple languages.
Businesses in Ontario
Businesses in Ontario are also required to pay taxes, depending on the type of business being operated. For more information about filing taxes and other tax information for business in Ontario, visit the
Service Ontario ONe-Source for Business website.
Here is a list of resources for more information about the tax system in Ontario
Click here to learn more aboutsales tax and
The Employment Standards Act is a law in Ontario, which has rules employers must follow. The Employment Standards Act applies for most workers in Ontario; however, it does not apply to workers in federally-regulated industries, such as banks. The standards tell employers what they can and cannot make you do. These include the rules about termination pay, unpaid wages, public holiday pay, minimum wage, hours of work, and leaves.
Employment Standards Information Centre
Need other languages?
The Employment Standards Information Centre (1-800-531-5551) provides service in
23 different languages.
Minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage rate an employer can pay an employee. The Ontario Ministry of Labour provides additional information about the
minimum wage guidelines, including the current wage rates and exemptions.
What is a SIN and why it's important
You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada. You will need to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) to your employer when accepting a job offer. Your employer requires your Social Insurance Number (SIN) for tax purposes. You are responsible for updating your Social Insurance Number (SIN) before it expires.
If you are a refugee claimant or a temporary resident, you will get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) with an expiration date. These Social Insurance Numbers (SINs) start with 9. You are responsible for updating your SIN before it expires.
Your Social Insurance Number is very important. There are times when you do not have to show your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card. Some examples include:
- proving your identity (except for some specific government programs)
- completing a job application
before you get the job
- discussing a lease with a landlord
- completing a credit card application
- cashing a cheque
- subscribing to long-distance or cellular telephone services
VisitService Canada for more information about when you should and shouldn't provide your SIN card.
How to get a SIN card
To get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) application form, go to the nearest Service Canada Centre and fill it out in person. You can download the application form from the
Service Canada website before hand, if you prefer.
The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.
|Service Canada: Barrie|
Barrie Service Canada Centre
48 Owen St
Barrie, ON L4M 3H1
|Service Canada: Midland|
9225 Hwy 93
Midland, ON L4R 4K4
|Service Canada: Orillia|
50 Andrew St S
Orillia, ON L3V 7T5 (Orillia City Centre)
30 Lewis St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 1A1
|Service Canada: Collingwood|
The Federal Bldg
44 Hurontario St
Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L6
InMyLanguage.ca has more information about
how to apply for Social Insurance Number (SIN) available in multiple languages.