Employment Contract Details
Employment contracts must be in writing in English, French is also acceptable in Quebec.
Minimum Wage Requirements
General minimum wage is CAD 15.00 per hour, or CAD 13.00 for students and employees under the age of 18.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Maximum working time is generally 48 hours per week and 8 hours a day. There are specific requirements depending on the Province as well as the industry.
Depending on the Province, the maximum probation period is 3 months.
Employment Insurance parental benefits are offered to parents who are caring for a newborn or newly adopted child or children. There are two options available for receiving parental benefits: standard or extended.
- Standard parental benefits can be paid for a maximum of 35 weeks and must be claimed within a 52-week period (12 months) after the week the child was born or placed for the purpose of adoption. The two parents can share these 35 weeks of standard parental benefits.
- Extended parental benefits can be paid for a maximum of 61 weeks and must be claimed within a 78-week period (18 months) after the week the child was born or placed for the purpose of adoption. Parents can share these 61 weeks of extended parental benefits.
Entitlements to sick leave vary by province but generally employers are not obliged to pay for these absences. Employees in most jurisdictions will have the statutorily protected right to a certain number of days unpaid sick leave. Many employers do however provide paid sick leave.