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Who is required to have a licence
The licensing requirements apply to temporary help agencies and recruiters. These terms are defined in the ESA and its regulations.
Temporary help agencies
A temporary help agency is an employer that employs persons for the purpose of assigning them to perform work on a temporary basis for clients of the employer. If a temporary help agency is located outside of Ontario, but assigns employees to work in Ontario, the licensing requirements apply.
Learn more about what is a temporary help agency under the ESA.
A recruiter is any person who, for a fee, finds or attempts to find employment in Ontario for prospective employees, or finds, or attempts to find, employees for prospective employers in Ontario, but does not include the following:
A recruiter does not have to be located in Ontario for the licensing requirements to apply.
Learn more about who is a recruiter under the ESA.
Every legal entity that operates as a temporary help agency or that acts as a recruiter must apply for a licence. Legal entities that are treated as one employer under s. 4 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 must apply separately. Each application requires an application fee and a letter of credit.
If a legal entity operates as a temporary help agency and acts as a recruiter, it must submit two separate applications: one to operate as a temporary help agency and one to act as a recruiter. Each application requires a separate application fee and separate letter of credit.
Temporary help agencies and recruiters can apply for a licence starting in July 2023 and are prohibited from operating without a licence starting January 1, 2024, unless the transitional rule applies.
If you submitted your application before January 1, 2024 and have not received a decision on your application from the ministry by January 1, 2024, you are allowed to continue to operate as a temporary help agency or act as a recruiter on and after January 1, 2024. This applies until the ministry notifies you either that a licence has been issued or that the application for a licence has been refused.
If you apply on or after January 1, 2024, you are prohibited from operating as a temporary help agency or acting as a recruiter unless and until the ministry issues a licence to you.
Violations of the licensing provisions in the ESA may result in enforcement action, which can include: