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Ontario Proposes New Legal Framework For Digital Platform Workers

The Ontario provincial government recently introduced legislation that, if passed, would establish a new legal framework for “digital platform work” in Ontario. The proposed Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act, 2022 (the Act) seeks to introduce new rights and protections for workers providing ride share, delivery and courier services via online platforms. This is one of the many workplace-related changes being proposed under the Working for Workers Act, 2022.

The stated purpose of the Act is to create certain minimum rights for digital platform workers, regardless of whether those workers are employees. As a result, the new protections afforded by the Act would extend equally to digital platform employees and contractors. Such rights and protections include the following:

The right to minimum wage. Digital platform operators would be required to pay workers at least the minimum wage payable under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA), exclusive of tips and other gratuit...

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