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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 $16.00/hour
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week
Max 10 hours/day, 60 hours/week, and 6 days/week
Employees receive a 30 minute break for every 5 continuous hours
4 hour call-in
Paid Statutory Holidays 10 days
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Nunavut Day
The First Monday in August
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 5 years
Compassionate Care Leave 8 weeks unpaid compassionate care leave with certificate
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
17 weeks maternity leave
37 weeks parental leave
Maximum of 52 weeks combined maternity and parental leave
of Employment
2 weeks after 90 days
3 weeks after 3 years
1 additional week per year to a maximum of 8 weeks
Temporary Lay-Offs &
Group Terminations
Temporary lay-offs for 45 days in a period of 60 days
Termination of 25 or more employees within 4 weeks must give advance notice to the employees and to the labour standards officer based on the number of employees terminated: 4 weeks for 25 or more employees, 8 weeks for 50 or more, 12 weeks for 100 or more, and 16 weeks for 300 or more
Use standard leaves

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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