Work in Canada: Tips & facts

So, you’re excited about finding work in Canada? Here are some important facts to guide you.

Laws that protect workers

Federal and provincial laws protect workers and employers in Canada by setting:

  • Minimum wage levels
  • Health and safety standards
  • Hours of work
  • Annual paid vacation
  • Rules for maternity and paternity leave

Canadian laws also protect workers from discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability.

Workers in Canada must be paid no less than the minimum wage as stated by the provincial government. Each province sets its own minimum wage laws.

Your employer will legally deduct money from your wages for income tax, Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and, in some cases, taxable benefits and union dues.

Learn more about labour standards in Canada.

Tips for working in Canada

  • Sign a contract before you begin work. Without proof of employment, your rights may not be upheld if a dispute occurs.
  • Always ask for proof of payment (pay stubs) and keep them in a safe place.
  • Check your pay stub to ensure that the necessary taxes are being deducted from your pay. Failure to deduct taxes is illegal.
  • Do not work at jobs for cash only (no contract, no pay stub). These jobs are illegal as they do not document collecting tax from workers.
  • Learn the basics of Canadian labour laws. These laws protect you from discrimination and encourage safety in the workplace.
  • Ensure that you’re paid no less than the minimum wage.