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This section provides specific information for the Nunavut territory. Click one of the links on the left to move directly to the corresponding section.

NOTE: Complete territory-specific information for Nunavut was not available at the time this web page was published. Many of the laws and statutes listed here still apply from when Nunavut was still part of the Northwest Territories.

Hours of Work

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are management employees.

10 hours/day and 60 hours/week
* ** Exclude statutory hours from overtime calculation and reduce the work week by the statutory hours
Overtime 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week whichever is greater
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Double Time If employee works on another day of rest in same week as the Statutory holiday
Double Time Rate 2 times regular rate of pay
Break Period 1/2 hour per consecutive 5 hours worked
Rest Period At least 24 consecutive hours/week


Pregnancy Leave

Time with Employer twelve consecutive months
Required Notice four weeks
Length of Leave 17 weeks taken no sooner than 17 weeks before the expected date of birth.
Extension of Leave 6 weeks
Benefits Maintained No

Parental Leave

Time with Employer twelve consecutive months
Required Notice four weeks written notice
Length of Leave 37 consecutive weeks beginning immediately after the maternity leave or for the father within a 52 week period after the child arrives home or for adoptive parents on the date of custody of the child.
Benefits Maintained No

Voting Leave

Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave three consecutive hours
Paid Yes


New Year's Day
Sat., Jan. 1 Sun., Jan. 1 Tue., Jan. 1
Good Friday
Fri., Apr. 22 Fri., Apr. 6 Fri., Mar 29
Canada Day
Fri., Jul. 1 Sun., Jul. 1 Mon., Jul. 1
Labour Day
Mon., Sep. 5 Mon., Sep. 3 Mon., Sep. 2
Christmas Day
Sun., Dec. 25 Tue., Dec. 25 Wed., Dec. 25
Victoria Day
Mon., May 23 Mon., May 21 Mon., May 20
Thanksgiving Day
Mon., Oct. 10 Mon., Oct. 8 Mon., Oct. 14
Remembrance Day
Fri., Nov. 11 Sun., Nov. 11 Mon., Nov. 11

1st Monday in August
Mon., Aug. 1 Mon., Aug. 6 Mon., Aug. 5
National Aboriginal Day
Tue., June 21 Thu., June 21 Fri., June 21

According to the Canadian Labour Standards Code, whenever the following holidays occur on a Saturday or Sunday, New Year's Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, the employer must grant his or her employee a holiday with pay on the next working day immediately preceding or following the holiday, providing that the holiday is a provincial requirement. If a statutory holiday is worked on a regularly scheduled work day, an employee must either receive their regular pay plus time and a half or receive their regular pay and be granted a day off with pay some other time before their next annual vacation or their termination.


Required Notice

Individual Termination
Length of Employment Notice Required
Under 90 days None
Between 90 days and 3 years 2 weeks
3 years or more For every year after 3 years an additional week is required up to 8 weeks in total

Group Termination
Number of Employees Notice Required
25 to 49 4 weeks
50 to 99 8 weeks
100 to 299 12 weeks
300 or more 16 weeks

Worker's Compensation

Assessable Earnings:


Car allowances (if taxable)
Clothing allowances (if taxable)
Moving allowances (if taxable)
Travel allowances (if taxable)
Call in pay
Call back pay
Standby pay
Pay in lieu of notice
Regular salary or wages/overtime
Sick Pay (Paid during year)
Vacation Pay/Statutory Holiday Pay
Shift Premium
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & Lodging
Company car
Life Insurance


Director's Fees
Retiring allowance
Severance Pay
Short-term disability paid by the employer
Long-term disability paid by the employer
Temporary lay-off with pay
Pre-retirement with pay
Sick pay on termination
Maternity with pay
WCB Top-up

Pay Statements

For the Northwest Territories the pay is required monthly or more frequently. The employee must receive their pay within ten days after each pay period.Northwest Terrritories pay statement must contain the following:

  1. Rate of pay
  2. Dates of pay periods
  3. Total number of hours worked
  4. Net pay
  5. Deductions and reasons for those deductions

Minimum Wages

Parties Applicable Wage Rate
All ages $11.00

Minimum Age

As long as the employer meets the Labour Standards requirements a child under 17 can be employed in any occupation. Although their is a requirement to get written approval from the Labour Standards Officer for employment in construction. There must also be granted permission for anyone under the age of 17 to work hours between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Vacationable Earnings


Work related bonuses (cash)
Call in pay
Call back pay
Commissions earned at employer's premises
Commissions earned by a route salesman
Commissions earned away from employer's premises
Overtime pay
Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay
Previously paid vacation pay (not clearly addressed)
Profit Sharing
Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Shift premium
Statutory - General Holidays


Allowances (Car, clothing, moving, travel)
Discretionary bonuses (cash)
Director's fees (not clearly addressed)
Gifts (cash or in kind)
Severance/Plant severance (not clearly addressed)
Sick pay - Sick days
Standby pay
Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters) - (not clearly addressed)
Tips and Gratuities
Taxable Benefits:
Board & lodging
Company car
Life Insurance

Provincial Health

No premiums are required by either the employer or the employee to have coverage under the Northwest Territories Health Care Plan. The federal and territorial taxes provide the funding for the health care plan.


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