Now that the sun is peaking out from behind the clouds here in Vancouver, BC (that may just be wishful thinking!) and it is officially summer I thought a good topic to talk about would be vacation and what your employees are entitled to.
It is much easier when you start your business and don’t have any employees because you don’t have to think about this (and you certainly aren’t taking much time off yourself usually!). When you grow your business and begin to hire people there are so many factors you must consider.
In Canada every province differs slightly in the amount you must pay in vacation pay and the amount of time they’re entitled to take off as vacation.
I found a list at Payworks.ca:
|Province||Vacation pay||Vacation entitlement|
|BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest territories, Nunavut||4 % first 5 years6 % after 5 years||After 1 year – 2 weeksAfter 5 years – 3 weeks|
|Saskatchewan||6 % first 9 years8 % after 5 years||After 1 year – 3 weeksAfter 10 years – 4 weeks|
|Ontario||4 % of gross||After 12 months – 2 weeks|
|Quebec||4 % first 5 years6 % after 5 years||After 1 year – 2 consecutive weeks – optional 3rdweek without payAfter 5 years – 3 consecutive weeksFor first year 1 day per month|
|New Brunswick||4 % first 8years6 % after 8 years||up to 8 years – 2 regular weeks or 1 day for each calendar month in which an employee works (whichever less)After 8 years – 3 weeks|
|Nova Scotia, PEI||4 % first 8years6 % after 8 years||After 12 months – 2 weeksAfter 8 years – 3 weeks|
|Newfoundland||4 % first 15 years6 % after 15 years||After 12 months – 2 weeksAfter 15 years – 3 weeks|
|Yukon||4 % after first year||After 1 year – 2 weeks|
As an employer you can schedule employee vacations according to what works for your operations as long you allow time in the period the vacation is earned. (Finding a great compromise to suit both your business needs and your employees is the ideal)
Summer time is a busy time for both business and people wanting time off to soak up the sun, so I hope this information is useful to you when trying to determine entitlements.
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