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vs Employee? (MIMA)
Employee or Self-Employed (from Canada Revenue Agency)
(note historically the key factor is control when identifying an employee-employer relationship)
Hoof & Cycle's Report on Licensing
(presented to the Toronto Cycling Committee 1997)
Toronto's Bicycle Laws - By-laws and the Highway Traffic Act and fines
Toronto Coroner's Report and Recommendations on Cycling Fatalities in Toronto
More Toronto reports and labour resources at Messville's Labour page and MIMA's Labour page
Not Enough bike parking? Request a post
and ring in any location.
Got a ticket or a legal problem?
Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists (ARC) has some great resources that might help, including:
Edited by Joe Hendry
Introduction - P.O.D. - Proof of Delivery
There are many threats to the physical and financial health of the professional bike messenger. The Toronto Hoof and Cycle Courier Coaltion exists to protect bicycle and foot couriers from these threats. We work to promote a safe and healthy industry that contributes to the community .
This handbook serves to educate messengers, companies, clients and the general public about the industry and the challenges faced by messengers. We cover topics such as unions, employment standards, workers compensation, air pollution and auto dependence. All of these issues present challenges to the messenger community but Toronto's couriers will respond to these challenges the same way they respond to everyday obstacles to get the job done.
So let's get the job done. Proof of delivery.
Is Your Company Legal?
Has your company illegally deducted money from your paycheque? Did you get paid for Good Friday and Victoria Day? How about vacation pay? Overtime? Lunch? Does your company charge less than $2.55 for any calls? Do you get paid for waiting time or dead runs? Ever hear of Workers Compensation?
The Toronto Hoof and Cycle Courier Coaltion wants all your evidence of violations of the Employment Standards Act, Canada Post Act, and any other acts. Messenger companies have been stealing from their couriers for years. It's time to pay up. We intend to catalogue, compile, and publicize violations by courier companies. Clients must know who their dealing with.
Once we have an estimate of damages we may seek compensation through the court system and we intend to take our cases to the Ministry of Labour. If courier companies can't survive without ripping off their messengers then those couirer companies shouldn't be in business.
Save that paper trail. Get proof of delivery.