Good HR for small firms in public interest (Analysis)

One-third of Canadians work for small firms, which are underserved by HR
By Claude Balthazard
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/05/2010

Thirty-one per cent of Canadian workers are employed in businesses with zero to 49 employees, 23 per cent are employed in enterprises with 50 to 499 employees and 46 per cent are employed in organizations with 500 employees or more, according to 2009 Statistics Canada data.

Most companies with 50 or fewer employees do not have a full-time human resources professional on staff. So, roughly, one-third of employees in Canada work in an environment where there is no full-time HR professional.

In Ontario, employers that violate the Employment Standards Act (ESA), 2000, are subject to prosecution by the Ministry of Labour. Information about convictions under the act is public and posted on the ministry’s website.