Start Up Legal Information :

Start Up Legal Information

In the province of Ontario, Employment Standards have been created in order to ensure the fair treatment of employees. Below you will find the links to the most common standards that may apply to your new startup as well a link to the Ontario Employment Standards Act. In addition you will find several links outlining your legal obligations as a business, including health & safety information, pay equity, workplace violence and harassment, and privacy in the workplace regulations. .

Pay Equity

This Act applies if you employ ten or more people, your business must pay your male and female employees the same salary for equal or comparable work.

The law requires the value of jobs usually done by women be compared to the value of jobs usually done by men. Female jobs, which are found to be of equal or comparable value to male jobs, must be paid at least the same.

For More Information Contact the Pay Equity Commission at:
A Guide to Interpreting Ontario’s Pay Equity Act

Workplace Harassment and Violence

The following links will outline resources available to you to help ensure that your business provides a safe and healthy working environment for employees.

Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Workplace violence and workplace harassment

Privacy in the workplace

For More Information Contact the Ontario Ministry of Labour: