Human Resources

You may have to work double time until you can justify one new employee. Hire people so that you can focus on what you do best – growing your business. Make sure that you fully understand your responsibilities of having employees.

Register with Canada Revenue Agency . A payroll deductions account Business Number, BN, must be set up in order for you to remit your employees deductions and your costs of having an employee. You will be remitting income tax, C.P.P. and E.I. on their behalf along with a portion from your business

Register for a Business Number, payroll account External Link

Budget for your costs to Revenue Canada . As an employer you will be required to match or pay more to Revenue Canada on each paycheque you write. For every $1.00 your employee remits you should budget for about $1.50 of your own costs.

Payroll Deductions and RemittancesExternal Link  


Be familiar with the Employment Standards Act
. Have a clear understanding of employee’s rights when it comes to times of work, overtime, vacation pay, statutory holidays etc.

Labour Law - employment standardsExternal Link

Hiring: As an employer, your staff are your most valuable asset.  There are financial assistance programs available to assist with hiring.

Wage Subsidies External Link

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) External Link Most businesses in Ontario that employ workers (including family members and sub-contractors) must register with the WSIB within 10 days of hiring their first full or part-time worker - it's the law.

Employee vs. Self Employed External Link Determine whether your relationship with staff is contractual or if they are an employee. If they are an employee, you will have certain responsibilities (remittances to Revenue Canada such as payroll deductions) that would not apply if they are a contractor.   

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities external link icon 
Ontario is developing accessibility standards to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in everything this province has to offer.  The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Regulation is now the law.  The province's private and not-for-profit sectors will need to meet the requirements by 2012.