A Complete Guide To Hire Employees in Ontario

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Contract of Hiring Employees in Ontario

Employment contracts are either fixed-term or open-ended. It is important to note that contracts can be written or agreed upon orally.

Immigration Requirements

Employees who will be working in Ontario on a temporary basis can receive a temporary working permit from the Canadian government. Employees who wish to permanently work in Ontario should submit an application with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

HR & Labor in Ontario

Working hours: To be considered a full-time employee, employees should work 40 hours a week and 8 hours a day. Employers must have a written agreement with employees if they choose a workday that is longer than 8 hours. After 5 consecutive hours of work, employees are entitled to a break. If an employee has worked overtime, they will be paid 1.5 of the set wage.

Minimum working age: Employees can start working as early as 14 years old but should not be employed during school hours if they are 14-17 years old.

Payroll in Ontario

Employees and employers will decide the paydays together. Salaries are disbursed either every two weeks (bi-weekly), the same two days every month (bi-monthly), or monthly.


Social Security in Ontario

Ontario Labor Law sustains that an employee is required to make contributions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to Employment Insurance (EI) based on annual earnings.

All the contributions made by an employee are creditable against that individual’s federal and provincial income tax liability.

Employment Insurance provides temporary income support to unemployed workers while they look for employment or to upgrade their skills.