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PEI (Prince Edward Island) Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides provincial payroll information for the province of Prince Edward Island. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

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  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in PEI and every pensioner residing in the province can claim the personal exemption amount of $8,000 for 2017.
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $11,635 for 2017.

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of PEI's Employment Standards Act. Here are some online resources:


Minimum Wage in PEI

The province of Prince Edward Island one wage rate standard as follows:

Parties Applicable (requirements) Wage Rate
General

$11.25 as of April 1, 2017.

The maximum amounts that may be deducted from the wages of an employee where the employer furnishes board and lodging are as follows:

Requirement Rate
Board only $45.00/week
Lodging only $25.00/week
Board and Lodging $56.00/week
Meals $3.75/meal

Hours of Work in PEI

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are truck drivers, ambulance drivers, fish processors, etc.

Period Rate
Maximum No regulation - must be safe for workers
* ** Include statutory hours in overtime calculation - regular + 1 and 1/2 times regular wage
Overtime * Any hours more than 48.00 hours/week
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Break Period 1/2 hour per consecutive 5 hours worked
Rest Period 24.00 consecutive hours/week and wherever possible shall include Sunday

* 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.

Worker's Compensation in PEI

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2017 is $52,800.

Included
Allowances (if taxable) Pay in lieu of notice (if taxable)
Bonuses paid in cash Pre-retirement with pay
Call back pay Regular salary or wages/overtime
Call in pay Shift premium
Clothing allowances (if taxable) Short-term disability (employer-paid) when reported as income
Commissions Sick pay
Gifts (if taxable) Standby pay
Gratuities and tips (if taxable) Temporary lay-off with pay
Long-term disability (employer-paid) when reported as income Travel allowances (if taxable)
Maternity with pay Vacation/Statutory Holiday Pay
Moving allowances (if taxable) WCB-top up
 
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging Loans
Company car Employer paid RRSP contributions
Life insurance  
 
Excluded
Company loans Provincial medical premiums
Directors' fee Retiring allowance
Employer-provided automobiles Severance pay
Group Life insurance Sick pay on termination
Long-term disability paid by the employer Stock options
Private health care WCB award

Leaves of Absence in PEI

Note: Additional leaves (other than the basic leaves listed here) are provided by legislation including Family, Sick, Reservist's and Court Leave. Please refer to PEI's Employment Standards Act for further information.

Maternity Leave
Time with Employer twenty consecutive weeks at least 20 weeks in the 52 weeks prior to the start date of the leave
Required Notice four weeks written notice
Length of Leave 17 weeks taken no sooner than 11 weeks before the expected birth with a minimum of six weeks after birth.
Extension of Leave For late deliveries the employee is entitled to at least 6 weeks of leave after actual due date. An employee can extend their maternity leave by an additional 5 consecutive weeks if the child has physical or emotional conditions that require additional parental care.
Paid No
Benefits Maintained The employer is not obliged to do so. If the employer does maintain benefit payments, the employer must notify the employee in writing of the date beyond which the option to continue coverage can no longer be exercised by the employee for a maternity, parental or adoption leave. The written notice must be provided to the employee at least 10 days before the date in which the option to continue coverage can no longer be exercised.
 
Parental Leave
Time with Employer twenty consecutive weeks at least 20 weeks in the 52 weeks prior to the start date of the leave
Required Notice four weeks written notice
Length of Leave 35 weeks beginning immediately after the maternity leave or within a 52 week period after the child arrives home or after the date of custody of the child. An employee can extend their parental leave by an additional 5 consecutive weeks if the child has physical or emotional conditions that require additional parental care. The total combined for both Maternity and Parental leave cannot exceed 52 weeks.
Paid No
 
Adoption Leave
Time with Employer twenty consecutive weeks at least 20 weeks in the 52 weeks prior to the start date of the leave
Required Notice four weeks written notice
Length of Leave

52 weeks. The combined adoption leave for both parents cannot exceed 52 weeks and the leave must be taken within 12 months of the child’s arrival in the home.

Effective 1 October 2010, an employee can extend their adoption leave by an additional 5 consecutive weeks if the child has physical or emotional conditions that require additional parental care.

Paid No
 
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave one consecutive hour between 9:00am to 7:00pm
Paid Yes
 
Bereavement Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave three day leave for death of immediate family
Paid One day paid and up to 2 consecutive days unpaid if deceased is an immediate family member
 
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice Supply medical certificate stating family member has a medical condition with risk of death in within 26 weeks.
Length of Leave 8 weeks
Paid Six weeks of Employment Insurance benefits may be paid to EI eligible employees.

Statutory Holidays in PEI

Holiday 2017 2016 2015 2014
New Year's Day Sun., Jan. 01 Fri., Jan. 01 Thu., Jan. 01 Wed., Jan. 01
Islander Day Mon, Feb. 20 Mon, Feb. 15 Mon, Feb. 16 Mon, Feb. 17
Good Friday Fri., Apr. 14 Fri., Mar. 25 Fri., Apr. 03 Fri., Apr. 18
Canada Day Sat., July 01 Fri., July 01 Wed., July 01 Tue., July 01
Labour Day Mon., Sep. 04 Mon., Sep. 05 Mon., Sep. 07 Mon., Sep. 01
Remembrance Day Sun., Nov. 11 Fri., Nov. 11 Wed., Nov. 11 Tue., Nov. 11
Christmas Day Mon., Dec. 25 Sun., Dec. 25 Fri., Dec. 25 Thu., Dec. 25

According to the Canadian Labour Standards Code, whenever the following holidays land on a Saturday or Sunday, New Year's Day, Canada 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 then the employee must receive either their regular pay plus time and a half or their regular wages plus a day off with pay before their annual vacation.

According to the Retail Business Holidays Act, retail business practices are prohibited on a holiday such as Boxing Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, New Year's Day and every Sunday. The exceptions are the last Sunday in November and all Sundays in December that are prior to Christmas Day -- these days are specifically excluded. On these Sundays, retail businesses are permitted to operate.

Minimum Age in PEI

A child under 16 is permitted to be hired as long as the work is not in any way harmful to the child. Unless there is special permission provided, an employer cannot hire a child under 16 for more than three hours on a school day or eight hours on any other day. The child is also not allowed to work more than 40 hours in a week or work any hours between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Work during regular school hours is not permitted with the exceptions being that of a recognized apprenticeship or vocational training program.

Pay Statements in PEI

For Prince Edward Island the pay is required at least every 16 days. At most this pay can exclude 5 working days up to the day that the pay goes out. By legislation, Prince Edwards Island pay statements must contain the following (though employers may include additional items):

Pay Statement Inclusions
Dates of pay periods Other earnings and payments (incl. bonus, commissions, living allowance)
Itemized Deductions Total hours worked
Gross earnings Vacation pay with gross amount
Net pay Pay in lieu of notice with gross amount
Employee and employer name Statutory, public, general and holiday pay hours
Employer address Overtime hours and rate
Rate of pay  

Termination Notice in PEI

Individual Terminations
Length of Employment Written Notice Required (Employer) Written Notice Required (Employee)
Under 6 months None None
Between 6 months and 5 years 2 weeks or 2 weeks pay in lieu of notice 1 week
Between 5 and 10 years 4 weeks 2 weeks
Between 10 and 15 years 6 weeks 2 weeks
Over 15 years 8 weeks 2 weeks

Group Termination - There is no provincial legislation stating required notice periods.

Vacationable Earnings in PEI

Inclusions and Exclusions
Included
Work related bonuses (cash) Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay
Bonuses (work related) Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Call in pay Severance/Plant severance (if employer has policy of paying out unlegislated vacation pay)
Call back pay Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters)
Sick pay - Sick days Commissions earned at employer's premises (if employee paid combination of salary and commission, majority earned is salary)
Standby pay Commissions earned by a route salesman (if employee paid combination of salary and commission, majority earned is salary)
Shift premium Commissions earned away from employer's premises (if employee paid combination of salary and commission, majority earned is salary)
Overtime pay Statutory - General Holidays
 
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging
 
Excluded
Profit Sharing Allowances (Car, clothing, housing, moving, travel, meals, tools)
Discretionary bonuses (cash) Previously paid vacation pay
Directors' fees Gifts (cash or in kind) and awards
Tips and Gratuities Maternity leave top-ups
Retiring allowance  
 
Taxable Benefits such as:
Company car Interest-free loans
Parking Company-paid RRSP contributions
Provincial Medical Group term life insurance
Stock options  

Vacation Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
After first year and up to to 8 years 2 weeks or 4%
8 years or more 3 weeks or 6%

 


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