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Workplace Standards Changes due to COVID-19

The recent pandemic has led to many temporary laws being passed which provide assistance in this time of crisis, particularly regarding special leave for employees impacted by COVID-19.

These laws change rapidly as more information becomes available and public health officials make new recommendations, and are different in each jurisdiction. Please consult the appropriate government sources for up-to-date information on this issue.

Employment Standards
This summary is provided for comparison purposes. While the Institute of Professional Management endeavours to provide accurate information, you should consult your provincial labour ministry or legal counsel for the most up to date information.

Minimum Wage $15.55 OR Rate of provincial minimum where work is performed, whichever is higher
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week
Maximum of 48 hours/week
3 hours call-in
30 minute breaks every 5 consecutive hours
Travel time could be considered work in the following cases: if the employee takes a company vehicle home in the evening for the employer’s convenience, if the employee is required to transport other staff or supplies to or from the work place or work site, if the employee has a usual work place but is required to travel to another location to perform work, if the employee is required to travel to different sites to carry out their functions.
Paid Statutory Holidays 10 Days
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 5 years
4 weeks after 10 years
Compassionate Care Leave 17 weeks work-related injury or illness leave after 3 months with certificate
28 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave
37 weeks unpaid for critical illness of a child, or 17 weeks unpaid for critical illness of an adult
104 weeks unpaid in case of crime-related disappearance or death of a child
10 days bereavement leave. After 3 months employment, 3 days paid plus 7 unpaid
5 days personal leave. After 3 months employment, 3 days paid plus 2 unpaid
10 days domestic violence leave. After 3 months employment, 5 days paid plus 5 unpaid
17 weeks unpaid for organ or tissue donation
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
63 weeks parental leave
17 weeks maternal leave
Parents can share parental leave for up to 71 weeks combined, to a maximum of 86 weeks combined parental and maternity leave.
of Employment
2 weeks
Severance pay of 2 days wages/full year employed, minimum 5 days, after 1 full year employment
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Group terminations of 50 or more people within a 4-week period at a single location must give written notice 16 weeks in advance to the Minister of Labour and establish a joint planning committee
Up to 16 weeks quarantine leave
Standard leaves may apply.
up to 44 weeks unpaid leave to care for a child under the age of 12, or a family member who requires supervised care

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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