Timing is everything when it comes to vacations

Be mindful of labour standards rules
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 07/02/2015

Many employers have policies covering when and how employees are to take their vacation, but do those policies match the minimum requirements under labour standards? Here is a look at some rules around vacation time:


The minimum amount of time an employee takes for vacation each year is governed by labour standards law. All Canadian jurisdictions require employers to give employees a minimum number of weeks of paid vacation every year. In most provinces and territories, employees are entitled to two weeks of paid vacation, which increases to three after a certain number of years of employment. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon are the exceptions.