Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Working to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, promoting and enforcing employment standards, helping settle workplace disputes and collective agreements, supporting apprenticeships, the skilled trades, industry training and employment services in Ontario.

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What we do

  • work to eliminate workplace fatalities, injuries and illness through prevention and enforcement
  • work with system partners such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the Health and Safety Associations (HSAs), to reduce and prevent fatalities, illness and injuries in workplaces
  • develop and implement health and safety awareness and training programs
  • work with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to protect and support injured workers and employers while ensuring the organizations long-term sustainability
  • inspect high-risk workplaces to ensure compliance with the Employment Standards Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • investigate employment standards complaints
  • enforce employment standards such as hours of work, vacation pay, minimum wage, etc.
  • educate employers and employees about their workplace rights and obligations
  • provide funding to third party organizations through a number of grant programs
  • provide neutral collective agreement conciliation and mediation to help unions and employers
  • appoint arbitrators to resolve workplace grievances and labour disputes
  • provide neutral collective bargaining data, research, and analysis
  • deliver and promote employment and training services to people across the province
  • help people adjust to changes in the economy, retrain and find work
  • offer resources for career exploration and education planning
  • support employers and workers interested in hiring and training for skilled trades and apprenticeship careers
  • help people prepare for higher education and employment through adult learning programs
  • collect and analyze labour market data and report on job trends in Ontario
  • help employers hire and train employees through programs, grants and incentives
  • promote skilled immigration to attract international talent needed in Ontario's economy

Contact us

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Employment Standards Information Centre

Health and Safety Contact Centre

Employment Ontario

Labour relations information

  •  webdrs@ontario.ca
  • 416-326-7358
    (Collective Bargaining Information Services and Mediation Services)
  • 416-326-1300
    (Grievance Mediation Services and Arbitration Services)

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Updated: March 30, 2022