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Workplace Standards Changes due to COVID-19

The recent pandemic has led to many temporary laws being passed which provide assistance in this time of crisis, particularly regarding special leave for employees impacted by COVID-19.

These laws change rapidly as more information becomes available and public health officials make new recommendations, and are different in each jurisdiction. Please consult the appropriate government sources for up-to-date information on this issue.

Employment Standards
This summary is provided for comparison purposes. While the Institute of Professional Management endeavours to provide accurate information, you should consult your provincial labour ministry or legal counsel for the most up to date information.

Minimum Wage $13.10/hour
$10.45/hour for employees receiving tips
Hours of Work
& Overtime
Overtime after 40 hours/week
3 Hours call-in
Minimum of 32 consecutive hours of rest per week
Paid Statutory Holidays 8 days
New Year's Day
Good Friday OR Easter Monday
National Patriot's Day (the Monday preceeding May 25)
National Holiday (June 24)
July 1st
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Vacation 1 day/full month, not to exceed 2 weeks
2 weeks after 1 year
3 weeks after 3 years
Compassionate Care Leave 10 days unpaid family leave
5 days (2 paid, 3 unpaid) bereavement leave for immediate family, 1 day unpaid for extended family
1 day paid leave for own marriage, 1 day unpaid leave for marriage of an immediate family member
26 weeks/year unpaid for donation/transplanting of organs or for domestic/sexual violence
36 weeks unpaid critical illness leave to care for a child, 16 weeks unpaid to care for an adult, OR 27 weeks for potentially fatal illness and up to 104 weeks for fatal illness of a child
The first two days per year from any of the following combined are paid leaves of absence: to act as a caregiver for someone, sickness, organ donation, domestic violence, or if they are the victim of a crime
Pregnancy &
Parental Leave
18 weeks unpaid maternity leave
5 weeks unpaid paternity leave
52 weeks unpaid parental leave
5 days (2 paid) adoption or birth leave
of Employment
1 week after 3 months
2 weeks after 1 year
4 weeks after 5 years
8 weeks after 10 years

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
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