Overtime Hours in CanadaOvertime Hours in Canada

Overtime Hours in Canada

Canada's provinces and territories have varying overtime wage rates and standards. The common factor however, is that all regions require that employees should be paid overtime accordingly for any hours worked beyond their regular work day or week.

Though most of the regions calculate overtime at 1.5 times an employee's regular hourly rate of pay, several provinces use a different model for their calculations. Further, some provinces adjust the standard by using an averaging agreement to arrive at the overtime rate for differing job classes and occupations.

Use the table below to review the overtime rates and standards for each of the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Select a province name to view more detailed information about the region.

Province/Territory Rate and Overtime Work Period
Alberta
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 44.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management, chartered accountants, licensed real estate agents, automobile salesmen, farm workers, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. double time, maximum, breaks, rest.
BC
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management, teachers or instructors, police officers, firefighters, farm workers, fishers, commercial travellers, live-in home support, etc. A week is defined as Sunday to Saturday.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. double time, minimum, maximum, breaks, rest.
Manitoba
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week, whichever is greater)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are government employees, commissioned salespeople, businesses with all family members, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
New Brunswick
  • 1.5 times the minimum wage rate (for hours in excess of 44.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are government employees, commissioned salespeople, businesses with all family members, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
Newfoundland
  • No less than 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 40.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are farm workers, domestics, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
NWT
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week, whichever is greater)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are government employees, commissioned salespeople, businesses with all family members, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. double time, maximum, breaks, rest.
Nova Scotia
  • 1 and 1/2 times the minimum wage (for hours in excess of 48.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management, farm workers, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
Nunavut
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week, whichever is greater)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management employees.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. double time, maximum, breaks, rest.
Ontario
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 44.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management, homemakers, teachers, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
PEI
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess 48.00 hours/week). Note: In most positions, the standard work week is 48 hours after which the employee is eligible for time and one-half their regular rate of pay (certain industries have exemptions to the standard work week). Please refer to PEI's Standard Work Week Exemption Order for more information.
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are truck drivers, ambulance drivers, fish processors, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
Quebec
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 40.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management, students, farm workers, fish processors, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
Saskatchewan
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay - for hours in excess of 12.00 hours/day (based on employer agreement) or 40.00 hours/week (average amount cannot be more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week during the averaging period)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are management, teachers, commission sales persons, etc. A week is defined as Sunday to Saturday.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.
Yukon
  • 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay (for hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 40.00 hours/week)
  • Employee types excluded from this legislature are government employees, commissioned salespeople, businesses with all family members, etc.
  • Click here for other work periods, e.g. maximum, breaks, rest.

 


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