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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 $11.95/hour
Minimum wage is expected to increase to $12.35/hour as of October 1, 2022
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week
3 hours call-in
One full day of rest/week
30 minute break after 5 hours
Paid Statutory Holidays 9 days
New Year's Day
Louis Riel Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day has special rules
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 5 years
Compassionate Care Leave 3 days/year unpaid family responsibility leave after 30 days employment
4 hours unpaid Citizenship Ceremony leave after 30 days employment
3 days unpaid bereavement leave after 30 days employment
28 weeks Compassionate care leave after 90 days employment
10 days interpersonal violence leave in a 52 week period plus 17 consecutive weeks. 5 days paid, any additional unpaid
37 weeks unpaid Critical Illness leave to care for a child or 17 weeks unpaid to care for an adult
13 weeks unpaid leave for organ donation
17 weeks per year long-term illness or injury leave after 90 days employment
52 weeks in case of crime-related disappearance of a child, 104 weeks in case of death of a child
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
17 weeks unpaid maternity after 7 months employment
63 weeks unpaid parental leave after 7 months employment
of Employment
1 week after 30 days
2 weeks after 1 year
4 weeks after 3 years
6 weeks after 5 years
8 weeks after 10 years
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Lay-offs can be up to 8 weeks in a 16-week period
Group terminations at a single location within four weeks must give advance written notice to the Minister of Finance, based on the number of employees terminated: 10 weeks for 50 or more, 14 weeks for 101 or more, 18 weeks for 300 or more
Can last as long as needed
In case of quarantine or treatment
If required by laws
If they need to provide support to a family member due to closures
If the employer directs them not to work
If affected by travel restrictions
If they are more susceptible than usual to COVID-19
If they are suffering from the side effects of vaccination
3 hours paid vaccination leave

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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