Pay Transparency Legislation in Canada

Pay transparency legislation is not in Ontario (YET), but it is working its way into law in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador. 

Generally this legislation prohibits an employer from asking about a prospective hires wage history.  The article provides more below, but be aware as this may affect you if hiring remote workers in other provinces…

Pay transparency became the topic of much discussion when the province of Ontario tabled legislation in 2018. While this legislation never came into effect (still to this day) other provinces have enacted pay transparency laws and others are considering doing so.


Service Ontario: You Will No Longer Receive Paper Renewal Notice For Driver’s License, Health Card

Important notice to Ontario Residents that you may wish to share with your employees

Ontario announced (in the fall of 2021) that they will be eliminating paper renewal notices for driver’s licences and health cards and shifting to digital reminders like emails and phone calls.  I only noticed this as I renewed my drivers license and was prompted to set up e-mail or text reminders.

Why is this important? and what’s the relevance to our benefit plan?

Employees need to have provincial health coverage in order to be eligible for most benefit plans.  During the renewal process they will be asked about residency (this is why we warn employers about the risks to employees working out of province, especially abroad) and Service Ontario may reach out to confirm it (see clip below).

The web page to renew your Ontario Drivers license and OHIP card is below.

An article showing the chan