Quebec City
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4% - Vacation Pay
0.74% - Parental Insurance
5.55% - Pension Contributions
1.25% - Employee Insurance
5.50% - Pension Contributions
0.00% - Up to 15,012
15.00% - 15,012.01 - 43,790
20.00% - 43,790 - 87,575
24.00% - 887,575 - 106,555
25.75% - 106,555 and up

Minimum Wage


The minimum wage in Quebec is 12.50 CAD per hour. |As of May 1, 2020, the minimum wage will raise too 13.10 CAD per hour.

Working Hours


In general, a full work week in Quebec is 40 hours. However, for some industries this varies:


Full work week


Clothing industry

39 hours

Forestry or sawmill

47 hours

Remote area or James Bay Territory

55 hours

Security + providing surveillance

44 hours

Security + doesn't provide surveillance

60 hours



Overtime is allowed up to 60 hours weekly which must be agreed to in writing in advance. Employers are required to provide at least 11 consecutive hours of rest and 24 consecutive non working hours weekly. Overtiem pay is paid for every hour after 44 hours weekly at a rate of at least 1.5 times regular wage rate.



15% standard rate.

Mandatory Benefits

Pension Fund

Employers are required to contribute a total of 13.63% of workers wages to vacation pay, workers compensation, pension and other contributions. The minimum annual earnings used to calculate contributions are C$3,500. The maximum annual earnings used to calculate contributions are C$48,300. Earnings limit adjustment: Adjusted annually according to increases in the average industrial wage.

Social Security

Notice period is dependent on length of employment. Employees of under 3 months dont require notice. From 3 months to 1 year, 1 week notice. From 1 year to less than 3 years, 2 weeks’ notice. 3 years to less than 4 years, 3 weeks’ notice. From 4 to 5 years, 4 weeks’ notice, and 1 week of additional notice time until 8 years in the company. From 8 years and on, 8 weeks only. Termination Pay can be made in lieu of either partial or full notice.


Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle can be weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly or monthly.  The pay date varies depending on the payroll cycle, however, an employee must be paid at least once a month, and in Canada there are strict rules on paying employees on time.  



Termination Process

In Quebec, the employer must give the employee a written notice of termination in the event of a termination or a layoff that lasts more than 6 months. 

For fixed term contracts where the contract is expiring or if the task the employee was hired for is completed, there is no need to provide a notice of termination.   

After the employment is terminated, the employer may be required to provide a work certificate.  The work certificate has a specific list of information:  

  • Nature and duration of the employment
  • Dates the employee was employed for
  • Name and address of the employer
Advance Notice

The notice period depends on how long the employee has been employed.  If the employee has served less than 3 months or are being terminated on grounds of misconduct, then the employee is not required to provide notice. 


Length of employment



3 months-1 year

1 week

1-5 years

2 weeks

5-10 years

4 weeks

10+ years

8 weeks



It is also acceptable to pay the employee in lieu of notice. 

Severance Pay

In Quebec, there is no entitlement for severance pay. 

Termination Pay

If worker does not receive adequate notice of their termination (as described above), they are entitled to termination payment equal to payment worker would have otherwise been entitled to during notice period.