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Employment Protections for Gig Workers – Know The Laws Of Your Province

Gig workers can unionize in some provinces but lack ESA and OHS protections in most of Canada.

As many as 20% to 30% of all Canadian workers engage in some form of “gig work,” like driving, freelance writing, developing websites and even pet-sittting. But only a few jurisdictions have revised their employment and labour laws to keep pace with the “gig economy.” Where such changes have been made, they typically affect:

Labour relations laws governing trade unions and collective bargaining;
Employment standards laws; and/or
OHS laws.

Here’s a roundup of the requirements in each jurisdiction:
Employment Protections for Gig Workers Across Canada
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Labour Relations: Law protects “employees,” including “dependent contractors,” defined as: (a) The owner, purchaser or lessee of a vehicle used for hauling, other than on rails or tracks, livestock, liquids, goods, merchandise or other materials, who is a party to a contract, oral or in writing, under the terms of which ...

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