Resource Centre

The Resource Centre provides HRPA members with a collection of tried and true resources that they can access on demand from the comfort of their own computer. These comprehensive, free, and up-to-date HR resources include current employment legislation, government resources, member survey data, and best practices.  

Trends Surveys, Compensation & Benchmarking

Each year we put out a Trends Survey to our members to gather information on a variety of HR and employment related topics including vacation allowances, recruiting, training, and turnover metrics. Our Trends Survey is a complimentary report for all HRPA members and students to access through the Resource Centre.

In addition to our Trends Surveys, the resources in this section provide further benchmarking information and insights for common HR topics.

Conference Board of Canada

Canada's Top Employers 2019

Morneau Shepell- Navigating change: 2018 Business Council Skills Survey

Randstad Salary Guide 

Statistics Canada

Conference Board of Canada

2016 Trends Survey

2017 Trends Survey

2018 Trends Survey


Contact Lines

Questions about employment legislation can often be addressed by accessing one of these dedicated government contact lines. In addition to these government resources, the Law Society of Ontario provides a free legal referral service that can connect you with lawyer for a free thirty-minute consultation.

Employment Standards Information Centre

Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre

WSIB Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

Law Society Referral Service


Federal Government Resources

These resources provide information about the employment laws and standards in place for federally regulated workplaces.

Government of Canada – Pay Equity

Government of Canada- Federal Labour Standards

Canada Labour Code

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Act

Government of Canada- Workplace Health and Safety

Government of Canada- Business & Industry

Government of Canada- Keeping Records


Government of Ontario Partner Organizations

Organizations that are listed as partners of the Ministry of Labour and provide sector specific information about health and safety and related products and services.

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association

Public Service Health & Safety Association

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Workplace Safety North


Search Tools

Many valuable resources related to HR are free and can be found publicly available online. The links below are tools and sources that can help with conducting more effective online searches for information.

Google Advanced Search

Google Scholar

University of Ontario- Search Strategies


Accessibility

Accessibility standards are laws that government, businesses, non-profits, and public sector organizations must follow to become more accessible. These standards help organizations identify and remove barriers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The following resources provide information about the employer obligations under Ontario's accessibility laws, as well as some resources about how to make your workplace more accessible.

AccessForward

Government of Ontario - Accessibility Laws

Government of Ontario - Accessibility rules for businesses and non-profits

Government of Ontario - Accessibility rules for public sector organizations

Government of Ontario - Completing Your Accessibility Compliance Report

Government of Ontario - Accessibility: legislative reviews, committees and councils

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Working Together: The Code and the AODA

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health


Cannabis & Substance Use

In October 2018, the use of recreational cannabis was legalized across Canada and many employers are still concerned about the impact this new legislation will have in the workplace. These resources have been compiled to provide information about employers' accommodation obligations related to cannabis and substance use.

Government of Ontario – Cannabis Legalization

Ministry of Labour- Impairment and Workplace Health and Safety

Ontario Human Rights Commission – Policy on Drug and Alcohol Testing

Ontario Human Rights Commission – Requesting Job-Related Sensitive Information

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety – Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety- Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

HRPA – Clearing the Haze


Case Law

The following resources contain news and articles about recent legal decisions made in the employment law field. The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) houses the majority of all electronically available case law from jurisdictions across Canada.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)

Canadian Employment Law Today

Mondaq

Employment Standards

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) provides the minimum standards for most employees working in Ontario. Federally regulated employers not covered under the Ontario ESA should consult the Federal Government Resources section.

For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the ESA, contact the Employment Standards Information Centre for assistance.

Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act

Employment Standards Act, 2000

Government of Canada- Federal labour standards


General & Sexual Harassment

Ontario employers are responsible for protecting workers from violence and harassment as mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). These resources offer information and guidance on the law surrounding workplace violence and harassment.

 For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the OHSA, contact the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre for assistance.

Ministry of Labour Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment

Ministry of Labour- Understand the law on workplace violence and harassment

Ministry of Labour- Workplace Harassment: Investigation by the Employer

Ministry of Labour- Workplace Harassment: Investigations by an Impartial Person

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment

HRPA- Doing Our Duty: Preventing Sexual Harassment In The Workplace


HR News

News sources to stay up to date on HR current events and employment law updates.

Benefits Canada

Canadian Employment Law Today

Canadian HR Reporter

HR Dive

HR Exchange Network

Mondaq


Human Rights

The Ontario Human Rights Code is a provincial law that protects the people of Ontario from being discriminated against under one of the Code's 17 grounds. These sources are a collection of guides and best practices for preventing discrimination in the workplace.

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human Rights at Work 2008 - Third Edition

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Policies and guidelines

Guide to your rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code

Ministry of the Solicitor General- Police Record Checks

Law Society of Ontario- Sample Human Rights Policies & Procedures

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Act

Labour Relations

The Ministry of Labour's labour relations activities focus on settling workplace disputes, assisting in the settlement of collective agreements, and producing collective bargaining information.

Ministry of Labour- Collective Bargaining and Information Services

Ministry of Labour- Forms: Labour Relations

Ministry of Labour- The Collective Agreements e-Library Portal

Ministry of Labour- Labour Relations: FAQ


Occupational Health & Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was established to set out the rights of employees and obligations of employers regarding health and safety in the workplace. These resources contain best practices and guidance for enforcing the OHSA in your workplace.

 For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the OHSA, contact the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre for assistance.

Ontario Ministry of Labour- Health and Safety

Ontario Ministry of Labour- Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors

Posters required in the workplace

Joint Health and Safety Committees

Government of Canada- Workplace health and safety


Pay Equity

Ontario's Pay Equity Act (1987) addresses the systemic gender discrimination that occurs related to compensation in female-dominated job classes. These resources contain guidance for ensuring pay equity compliance in your workplace.

Pay Equity Commission of Ontario

A Guide to Interpreting Ontario's Pay Equity Act

E-Learning Modules: Pay Equity for Small Businesses

Pay Equity and Equal Pay: What is the Difference?

Pay Equity Plan Samples

Government of Canada – Pay Equity

HRPA- Closing the Gender Wage Gap


Recruitment & Selection

Resources to help employers ensure compliance with hiring regulations and recruiting best practices.

Government of Canada- Hiring Regulations Ontario

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Human rights issues at all stages in employment

Work in Culture- Recruiting the Right People


Record Keeping

Ontario employers have record keeping obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). These resources provide information on the record keeping requirements mandated by the ESA.

For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the ESA, contact the Employment Standards Information Centre for assistance.

Ontario Ministry of Labour – Record Keeping

Ontario Human Rights Commission - Interviewing and making hiring decisions

Government of Canada- Keeping records

Canada Revenue Agency – Keeping Records

Government of Canada- GST/HST and payroll records


Service Providers

The Suppliers Guide lists a variety of HR service providers and vendors.

HR Professional Now- Suppliers' Guide


Talent Development

Resources and information related to career pathing, writing objectives, and developing organizational wide competencies.

Cornell University- When Developing a Career Path, What are the Key Elements to Include?

Development Dimensions International (DDI)– Using Competencies to Build a Successful Organization

Harvard University- Competency Dictionary

Writing SMART objectives



Trends Surveys, Compensation & Benchmarking

Each year we put out a Trends Survey to our members to gather information on a variety of HR and employment related topics including vacation allowances, recruiting, training, and turnover metrics. Our Trends Survey is a complimentary report for all HRPA members and students to access through the Resource Centre.

In addition to our Trends Surveys, the resources in this section provide further benchmarking information and insights for common HR topics.

Conference Board of Canada

Canada's Top Employers 2019

Morneau Shepell- Navigating change: 2018 Business Council Skills Survey

Randstad Salary Guide 

Statistics Canada

Conference Board of Canada

2016 Trends Survey

2017 Trends Survey

2018 Trends Survey


Contact Lines

Questions about employment legislation can often be addressed by accessing one of these dedicated government contact lines. In addition to these government resources, the Law Society of Ontario provides a free legal referral service that can connect you with lawyer for a free thirty-minute consultation.

Employment Standards Information Centre

Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre

WSIB Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

Law Society Referral Service


Federal Government Resources

These resources provide information about the employment laws and standards in place for federally regulated workplaces.

Government of Canada – Pay Equity

Government of Canada- Federal Labour Standards

Canada Labour Code

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Act

Government of Canada- Workplace Health and Safety

Government of Canada- Business & Industry

Government of Canada- Keeping Records


Government of Ontario Partner Organizations

Organizations that are listed as partners of the Ministry of Labour and provide sector specific information about health and safety and related products and services.

Infrastructure Health & Safety Association

Public Service Health & Safety Association

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Workplace Safety North


Search Tools

Many valuable resources related to HR are free and can be found publicly available online. The links below are tools and sources that can help with conducting more effective online searches for information.

Google Advanced Search

Google Scholar

University of Ontario- Search Strategies


Accessibility

Accessibility standards are laws that government, businesses, non-profits, and public sector organizations must follow to become more accessible. These standards help organizations identify and remove barriers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The following resources provide information about the employer obligations under Ontario's accessibility laws, as well as some resources about how to make your workplace more accessible.

AccessForward

Government of Ontario - Accessibility Laws

Government of Ontario - Accessibility rules for businesses and non-profits

Government of Ontario - Accessibility rules for public sector organizations

Government of Ontario - Completing Your Accessibility Compliance Report

Government of Ontario - Accessibility: legislative reviews, committees and councils

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Working Together: The Code and the AODA

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health


Cannabis & Substance Use

In October 2018, the use of recreational cannabis was legalized across Canada and many employers are still concerned about the impact this new legislation will have in the workplace. These resources have been compiled to provide information about employers' accommodation obligations related to cannabis and substance use.

Government of Ontario – Cannabis Legalization

Ministry of Labour- Impairment and Workplace Health and Safety

Ontario Human Rights Commission – Policy on Drug and Alcohol Testing

Ontario Human Rights Commission – Requesting Job-Related Sensitive Information

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety – Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety- Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

HRPA – Clearing the Haze


Case Law

The following resources contain news and articles about recent legal decisions made in the employment law field. The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) houses the majority of all electronically available case law from jurisdictions across Canada.

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)

Canadian Employment Law Today

Mondaq

Employment Standards

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) provides the minimum standards for most employees working in Ontario. Federally regulated employers not covered under the Ontario ESA should consult the Federal Government Resources section.

For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the ESA, contact the Employment Standards Information Centre for assistance.

Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act

Employment Standards Act, 2000

Government of Canada- Federal labour standards


General & Sexual Harassment

Ontario employers are responsible for protecting workers from violence and harassment as mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). These resources offer information and guidance on the law surrounding workplace violence and harassment.

 For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the OHSA, contact the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre for assistance.

Ministry of Labour Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment

Ministry of Labour- Understand the law on workplace violence and harassment

Ministry of Labour- Workplace Harassment: Investigation by the Employer

Ministry of Labour- Workplace Harassment: Investigations by an Impartial Person

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment

HRPA- Doing Our Duty: Preventing Sexual Harassment In The Workplace


HR News

News sources to stay up to date on HR current events and employment law updates.

Benefits Canada

Canadian Employment Law Today

Canadian HR Reporter

HR Dive

HR Exchange Network

Mondaq


Human Rights

The Ontario Human Rights Code is a provincial law that protects the people of Ontario from being discriminated against under one of the Code's 17 grounds. These sources are a collection of guides and best practices for preventing discrimination in the workplace.

Ontario Human Rights Commission

Human Rights at Work 2008 - Third Edition

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Policies and guidelines

Guide to your rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code

Ministry of the Solicitor General- Police Record Checks

Law Society of Ontario- Sample Human Rights Policies & Procedures

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Act

Labour Relations

The Ministry of Labour's labour relations activities focus on settling workplace disputes, assisting in the settlement of collective agreements, and producing collective bargaining information.

Ministry of Labour- Collective Bargaining and Information Services

Ministry of Labour- Forms: Labour Relations

Ministry of Labour- The Collective Agreements e-Library Portal

Ministry of Labour- Labour Relations: FAQ


Occupational Health & Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was established to set out the rights of employees and obligations of employers regarding health and safety in the workplace. These resources contain best practices and guidance for enforcing the OHSA in your workplace.

 For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the OHSA, contact the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre for assistance.

Ontario Ministry of Labour- Health and Safety

Ontario Ministry of Labour- Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors

Posters required in the workplace

Joint Health and Safety Committees

Government of Canada- Workplace health and safety


Pay Equity

Ontario's Pay Equity Act (1987) addresses the systemic gender discrimination that occurs related to compensation in female-dominated job classes. These resources contain guidance for ensuring pay equity compliance in your workplace.

Pay Equity Commission of Ontario

A Guide to Interpreting Ontario's Pay Equity Act

E-Learning Modules: Pay Equity for Small Businesses

Pay Equity and Equal Pay: What is the Difference?

Pay Equity Plan Samples

Government of Canada – Pay Equity

HRPA- Closing the Gender Wage Gap


Recruitment & Selection

Resources to help employers ensure compliance with hiring regulations and recruiting best practices.

Government of Canada- Hiring Regulations Ontario

Ontario Human Rights Commission- Human rights issues at all stages in employment

Work in Culture- Recruiting the Right People


Record Keeping

Ontario employers have record keeping obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). These resources provide information on the record keeping requirements mandated by the ESA.

For specific questions related to your obligations as an employer under the ESA, contact the Employment Standards Information Centre for assistance.

Ontario Ministry of Labour – Record Keeping

Ontario Human Rights Commission - Interviewing and making hiring decisions

Government of Canada- Keeping records

Canada Revenue Agency – Keeping Records

Government of Canada- GST/HST and payroll records


Service Providers

The Suppliers Guide lists a variety of HR service providers and vendors.

HR Professional Now- Suppliers' Guide


Talent Development

Resources and information related to career pathing, writing objectives, and developing organizational wide competencies.

Cornell University- When Developing a Career Path, What are the Key Elements to Include?

Development Dimensions International (DDI)– Using Competencies to Build a Successful Organization

Harvard University- Competency Dictionary

Writing SMART objectives






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