Anchuan Jiang says he’s trying to pay what’s owed, but ‘staff are not working hard enough’

A Toronto businessman and his companies are now facing more than a dozen charges through the Employment Standards Act (ESA) for not complying with orders to pay roughly $1.4 million in employee wages and penalties.

The wages are owed to former employees of two private schools and a media company in Toronto owned by Anchuan Jiang. He also owns a third private school in Vancouver that owes more than $200,000 in wages and penalties, according to the B.C. Ministry of Labour.

The provincial charges come as many of Jiang’s former employees continue to wait for Ontario and B.C. to collect their unpaid wages from up to three years ago. It’s a struggle that highlights just how difficult it can be to get paid when an employer has few viable assets to seize, but is millions of dollars in debt.