Part 1: Leaves of absence

The rights described in Part 1 come from Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA). These rights apply to most employees in Ontario.

They do not apply in workplaces that are regulated by the Government of Canada, for example, banks, airlines, and broadcasting.

Workers in those industries are covered by the Canada Labour Code. They also have rights to parental and pregnancy leave but some of the rules are different.

For more information, go to and search for federal labour standards.

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