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Canada – British Columbia

Introduction
 

General overview & country facts, as well as labour regulations.
Employer Contributions
 

These are additional costs incurred by employers over and above the employee’s monthly gross salary and/or bonus.
Employee Contributions
 

These are costs incurred by employees that reduce their monthly gross salary and/or bonus to determine their net “take home” pay.
Employment Terms
 

All you need to know about salary & bonuses, working hours & overtime, probation period, notice period & severance pay, as well as all leave types.

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Canada – British Columbia
Everything you need to know about payroll, benefits & hiring top talent in Canada – British Columbia

Currency

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Salary payment frequency

Bi-weekly

Capital

Victoria

Time Zone

GMT - 7:00

Official Languages

English

Is English spoken?

Yes
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Introduction

General Overview & Economic Facts
  • British Columbia is one of the thirteen provinces located in the west of Canada and is located on the continent of North America
  • It spans an area of 944 735 km2 (364,800 mi2) and has a population of approximately 2,642,825
  • British Columbia’s economy is primarily based in the forestry, mining, natural gas and real estate sectors
  • Canada’s economy ranks 9th by nominal GDP (2021) and 15th by PPP (2020)
  • Canada ranks fairly high in terms of human development with a ranking of 16 on the HDI
Why Employ In Canada – British Columbia?
  • The main exports include wood, coal, copper, natural gas, pulp and paper products
  • 11.14% of Canada’s population is between the ages of 15 and 24 years, with 39.81% of the population being between the ages of 25 and 54. The Canada has a fairly youthful population, making it a favourable country to employ young, energetic employees
Overview Of The Labour Law
  • Employment relationships in Canada are governed by statutes, the common law and employment agreements
  • The main source of labour law in Canada is the Canada Labour Code
  • The labour regulations cover matters such as working hours, overtime, leaves, vacation and public holidays, minimum wage, termination procedures and severance payments
  • Labor law in the Canada protects both employers and employees
Fun Country Facts
  • The world’s largest totem pole is in British Columbia
  • The sport of Bathtub Racing was started in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • British Columbia is home to the world’s largest hockey stick
Why Use Playroll Services For Canada – British Columbia?
  • Employing in British Columbia requires companies to have their own legal entity in the country as well to manage payroll, employee benefits, taxes and legal compliance. This can get quite complicated, especially with the complexity of employment laws in British Columbia.
  • With Playroll’s Employer of Record services, your team will be employed by our established legal entities in each country.
  • We will take care of payroll, employee benefits, taxes, legal compliance and provide ongoing employee support, so that you can focus on growing your team.
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Employer Contributions

These are additional costs incurred by employers over and above the employee’s monthly gross salary and/or bonus.

Employment Insurance (EI)

2.212%

Calculated on a maximum salary CAD 60,300 per annum

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

5.70%

Before taking basic pay exemption into account. Calculated on a minimum salary of CAD 3,500.00 and a maximum salary of CAD 64,900.00 per annum

Worker's Compensation

± CAD 1.55 of assessable payroll

Calculated on a maximum insurable earnings of CAD 108,400.00 per month

Employer's Health Tax (EHT)

2.925%

Minimum payroll of CAD 500,000.01 and a maximum payroll of CAD 1,500,000.00 per annum

1.95%

Payroll of CAD 1,500,000.00 or more per annum

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Employee Contributions

These are costs incurred by employees that reduce their monthly gross salary and/or bonus to determine their net “take home” pay.

Employment Insurance (EI)

1.58%

Calculated on a maximum salary CAD 64,900.00 per annum

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

5.70%

Before taking basic pay exemption into account. Calculated on a minimum salary of CAD 3,500.00 and a maximum salary of CAD 61,400.00 per annum

Income Tax
Federal income tax brackets per annum

0.00 – 50,197.00
15.00%

50,197.01 – 100,392.00
20.55%

100,392.01 – 155,625.00
26.00%

155,625.01 – 221,708.00
29.00%

221,708.01 or more
33.00%

State income tax brackets per annum

0.00 – 42,184.00
5.06%

42,184.01- 84,369.00
7.70%

84,369.01 – 96,866.01
10.50%

96,866.01 – 117,623.00
12.29%

117,623.01– 159,483.00
14.70%

159,483.01– 222,420.00
16.80%

222,420.01 or more
20.50%

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Employment Terms

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General

Minimum Wage
  • General minimum wage- CAD 15.65 per hour
Working Hours
  • Maximum of 8 hours per pay and 40 hours per week
  • Minimum meal interval of 30 minutes after 5 or more hours of work
  • Typical working hours are 09h00 to 17h00 Monday to Friday
Overtime
  • Maximum of 4 overtime hours per day
Notice Period
  • There is no statutory notice period
  • Optional notice period may be a maximum of the following:

   – Employed between 3 and 12 months- 1 week’s notice

   – Employed between 1 and 3 years- 2 weeks’ notice

   – Employed for 3 or more years- 3 weeks’ notice plus 1 week for each additional year of                   employment (maximum of 8 weeks) 

Severance Pay
  • Employed between 3 and 12 months- 1 week’s pay
  • Employed between 1 and 3 years- 2 weeks’ pay
  • Employed for 3 or more years- 3 weeks’ pay, plus 1 week for each additional year of employment (maximum of 8 weeks’ pay)
Probation Period
  • There is no statutory probation period
  • The first 3 months are often called probationary period
Bonus
  • There is no statutory bonus
    Public Holidays

    Public holidays 2022

    • January 1st – New Year’s Day
    • February 21st – British Columbia Family Day
    • April 15th – Good Friday
    • May 23rd – Victoria Day
    • July 1st – Canada Day
    • September 5th – Labour Day
    • August 1st – British Columbia Day
    • October 10th – Thanksgiving Day
    • November 11th – Remembrance Day
    • December 25th – Christmas Day
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    Leave

    Paid Leave / Vacation Days
    • Paid leave
    • Paid by employer
    • Employed between 1 and 5 years- 2 week
    • Employed for 5 or more years- 3 weeks
    Sick Leave
    • Unpaid leave- 3 days
    • Paid leave- 5 days
    Maternity Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • 17 weeks
    Paternity Leave
    • Part of parental leave
    Parental Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • If mother has taken maternity leave- 61 weeks
    • Other parents who have not taken maternity leave- 62 weeks
    Family Responsibility Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • 5 days
    Critical Illness or Injury Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • Critical illness or injury of child- 36 weeks
    • Family member- 16 weeks
    Adoption Leave
    • Part of parental leave
    Bereavement Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • 3 days
    Death and Disappearance of a Child Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • Death of a child- 104 weeks
    • Disappearance of a child- 52 weeks
    Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave
    • Partially paid leave
    • Paid by employer
    • Minimum of 10 days, maximum of 15 weeks
    Compassionate Care Leave
    • Unpaid leave
    • 27 weeks
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