There are two types of employment contracts in Quebec – fixed term and open ended. They can be either written or agreed orally.


Salaries are paid on monthly basis.

HR & Labor

Work Hours: Full time employment is considered 40 hours per week. If employee works overtime, they get paid 150% of regular wages.
Minimum Working Age: Employees can be as young as 14 years old, however between the ages 14-17 they can’t be employed during school hours.


In order to work legally in Quebec, the employer must apply for CAQ (Quebec certificate of acceptance), once this application is accepted then the employee must apply for work permit at the citizenship and immigration office in Canada.


1. Meals and accommodations 2. Coffee breaks

Minimum wage


Pension fund



Advance notice

One month

Termination procedure

If the employee has been in the company for 3 months and less than a year, the notice period is 1 week. If from one year to 5 years, the notice period is 2 weeks. If from 5 years to less than 10 years, it is 4 weeks. From 10 years and over, its 8 weeks. Employees are entitled to a vacation pay for the days they haven’t taken during the termination. Its 4% or 6% depending on the length of the employment in the company.

Sick Days

Up to 26 weeks for every 12 months of consecutive work.

Paid off holidays

8 public holidays

Vacation time

If the employee has been in the company for less than a year, they receive one day of paid vacation for every month of consecutive employment with the company. More than one year of employment but less than five years, two weeks of paid vacation. Five years or more, three weeks of paid vacation. Vacation pay is 4% of gross wages, if have been in the company for less than five years and 6% of the gross wages if they have been in the company for five year or more.