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Your rights at work

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How much does my employer have to pay me?

It depends on your job. There are different minimum wage rates for different jobs.

In most jobs, you must be paid the general minimum wage of at least $14.35 an hour.

If you work serving alcohol in a place where you usually get tips, you must be paid at least $12.55 an hour.

If you are a homeworker, you must be paid at least $15.80 an hour. Homeworkers are employees who do work out of their own homes. Examples of homework could include sewing, stuffing envelopes, or telemarketing at home.

If you are a student under 18 years of age and you work during school holidays, or less than 28 hours a week during the school term, you must be paid at least $13.50 an hour.

Homeworker Student
18 years
$14.35 $12.55 $15.80 $13.50

On or before your payday, your employer must give you a statement of your wages. This is often called a pay stub. The pay stub must include:

  • your rate of pay, for example, how much you make in an hour,
  • the pay period covered,
  • your wages for that period, before and after any deductions, and
  • the amount and reason for any deductions.

Your employer can make "statutory deductions" such as income tax, Employment Insurance (EI) premiums, and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) deductions.

Your employer may also be able to deduct money that you owe if a court orders it or, in some circumstances, if you have agreed in writing to a specific deduction.

The pay stub must be in writing. Or, your employer can email it to you if you can print a copy at work.