You must be paid at least the minimum wage for every hour you work. As of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage is $14.00 per hour. Your employer must provide you with a pay slip each pay period that shows your pay, hours worked and any deductions from your pay.
Hours of Work
The maximum number of hours your employer can schedule you in a week is 48. If your employer wants you to work more, they must ask you to sign a written agreement. It is your legal right to refuse. If you sign it, you can cancel the agreement by giving your employer 2 weeks’ notice.
Every hour you work after the first 44 hours in a week is considered overtime. You should get paid 1.5 times your regular pay for your overtime hours. You can agree in writing to take paid time off instead of overtime. For example, if your pay is $14.00/hour for your first 44 hours, you should either be paid $21.00 for every hour after OR take lieu time; that is 1.5 paid hours off for each hour of overtime worked.
Your employer must deduct from your pay:
- Income tax
- Employment Insurance premiums
- Canada Pension Plan contributions
After 1 year working for the same employer, you are entitled to take off 2 weeks of paid vacation. You are entitled to 3 weeks of holidays after you have worked for an employer for 5 years. You are entitled to 4% vacation pay for every dollar you earn or you get vacation time off with pay. If you leave a job without taking a vacation, get any outstanding vacation pay.
Your employer can terminate you without notice if you have worked less than 3 months. After 3 months, your employer must give you written notice of the date you will be terminated. If you do not get notice, you should get termination pay instead. The amount you receive depends on how long you have worked for the employer. Your employer should also give you your Record of Employment (ROE), unpaid vacation pay and any unpaid wages.
There are 9 public holidays in Ontario: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.
You must work your scheduled shift before and after the holiday to qualify for public holiday pay. If you work on a public holiday you get premium pay (1.5 times your regular pay) and an alternative day off with public holiday pay.
For more information on your rights at work, see the full fact sheet here.
Are you are a care worker who works in a private home, but you are not working under the federal caregiver program? See a fact sheet about your rights at work here.
Recruitment Fees are Illegal!
It is illegal for anyone to charge you a fee for finding or trying to find you a job as a live-in caregiver. This includes recruiters, recruitment agencies, and your employer. See our fact sheet for what to do, and how to make a claim.