Payroll and Benefits Guide Canada – British Columbia

Last updated: Apr 09, 2023

Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Employer Taxes
Payroll Frequency
Bi-monthly/ Monthly
Employee Costs
Victoria (State Capital)
Date Format
Fiscal Year
1 April - 31 March



Employer Payroll Contributions


Canada Pension Plan (CPP) (applied on salary between 3,500 CAD to 66,600 CAD annually)


Federal Employment insurance (applied on salary up to 61,500.00 CAD annually)


Workers Compensation contribution (WorkSafeBC insurance, assigns a classification unit based on the products produced, the services provided, and the processes, technology, or materials used. The average base premium rate for 2022 is 1.55% of employers’ assessable payroll)


Total Employment Cost


Employee Payroll Contributions


Canada Pension Plan (CPP) (applied on salary between 3,500 CAD to 66,600 CAD)


Employment Insurance (EI) (applied in salary up to 61,500 CAD annually)


Total Employee Cost


Employee Income Tax



up to 53,359.00 CAD


53,359.01 CAD to 106,717.00 CAD


106,717.01 CAD to 165,430.00 CAD


165,430.01 CAD to 235,675.00 CAD


235,675.00 CAD and over

British Columbia:


up to 45,654 CAD


45,654.01 CAD to 91,310.00 CAD


91,310.01 CAD to 104,835.00 CAD


104,835.01 CAD to 127,299.00 CAD


127,299.01 CAD to 172,602.00 CAD


172,602.01 CAD to 240,716.00 CAD


240,716.01 CAD and over

Employer taxes


Employee taxes


Minimum Wage


The standard minimum wage in British Columbia is 15.65 CAD per hour), 13.00 CAD for students and employees under 18. The minimum wage rate set for employees of federally regulated organizations will be the current minimum wage rate specified in the jurisdiction in which the employee performs the work.

This minimum wage now also applies to liquor servers (an employee who works mainly as a server of food or drink or both or who regularly serves liquor directly to customers, guests, members, or patrons, etc.), who had previously been subject to a lower minimum wage.




Payroll Cycle

An employer has 1 month to remit an employee’s first pay. After this, wages must be paid at regular intervals of no more than 16 days, or 1 month in case of managerial personnel. If pay day falls on a statutory holiday, the wages must be paid on the preceding working day.

13th Salary

There are no provisions in the law regarding 13th salaries.

Working Hours


A full-time workweek is 40 hours, 8 hours per day, 5 days a week.


An employer must pay overtime pay for any hours above 44 weekly hours at a rate that is at least 150.00% of the employee’s regular rate of pay or one hour of time off in lieu.

In exceptional circumstances, when an employee is called into work (during rest/ non-working time), overtime should be paid for at least 3 hours of pay at the minimum wage, even if they work less than 3 hours. (Labor Code, § 16 and Labor Regulation § 13.3; Bill 17 and Employment Standard Regulation). From the 12th hour of overtime work the payment is increased to 200.00% of the regular rate of pay.

Overtime exempt status is in place for certain job types e.g.,  many managerial and supervisory positions.

Working Week



Paid Time Off

In British Columbia, employees are entitled to two consecutive weeks of vacation leave after the first year of employment and three consecutive weeks of leave after five years of employment, however, it is common to offer leave from day 1.

Employees are entitled to vacation pay of 4% of the regular salary rate of pay for the first five years of employment and 6% of the regular salary rate of pay after five years of employment. Employees are entitled to receive the payment within seven days before the commencement of a vacation.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays in British Columbia. When public holidays fall on a weekend, it is customary to give off in lieu either the previous working day or next working day.

Sick Days

The Canada Labour Code was updated with effect from December 1, 2022, to provide 10 days of paid sick leave to employees in the federally regulated private sector, (which is limited to specific industries)  There is a thirty day qualifying period for covered employees; therefore, on December 31, employees who have been continuously employed for at least 30 days will have access to their first three days of paid sick leave.

As of February 1, 2023, employees will acquire a fourth day, and will continue to accumulate one day a month up to a maximum of 10 days per year.

Effective December 18, 2022, Canada’s Employment Insurance sickness benefits were extended from 15 weeks to 26 weeks. As such, qualified individuals who establish a new claim on or after December 18, 2022 will receive up to 26 weeks of Employment Insurance sickness benefits, paid at 55% of their average weekly insurance earnings, for up to a maximum of $650 per week in 2023.

Maternity Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 17 weeks of leave if the employee has completed at least one year of employment before the due date. Maternity leave may not begin before the 17th week preceding the expected delivery date and shall end not later than 18 weeks after. If the delivery occurs after the expected date, the employee is entitled to at least two additional weeks of maternity leave.

Special maternity leave may begin four weeks before the expected delivery date when there is a risk of termination of her pregnancy or a danger for the health of the mother or unborn child caused by the pregnancy. Two weeks’ notice and a medical certificate is required.

Employment insurance provides maternity and parental benefits to:

  • People who are away from work because they’re pregnant or have recently given birth
  • Parents who are away from work to care for their newborn or newly adopted child
  • Workers are entitled to 55% of their earnings for 15 weeks up to a maximum of CAD650 a week

Maternity benefits are only available to the person who is away from work because they’re pregnant or have recently given birth. They can’t be shared between parents.

The person receiving maternity benefits may also be entitled to parental benefits.

Maternity benefits can be followed by parental benefits. You may apply for both at once.

For further information visit the Government of Canada website.



Paternity Leave

Paternal leave falls under parental leave.

Parental Leave

Parents are entitled to up to 63 weeks of leave to care for a newborn or adopted child. The parental leave cannot begin before the week of birth or when the child is legally adopted.
The leave should begin no later than 78 weeks after the birth or adoption.

Employment insurance provides maternity and parental benefits to:

  • People who are away from work because they’re pregnant or have recently given birth
  • Parents who are away from work to care for their newborn or newly adopted child

The assistance details are as follows:

Benefit name Maximum weeks Benefit rate Weekly max
Standard parental Up to 40 weeks can be shared between parents, but one parent cannot receive more than 35 weeks of standard benefits 55% up to $650
Extended parental Up to 69 weeks can be shared between parents, but one parent cannot receive more than 61 weeks of extended benefits 33% up to $390

For further information visit the Government of Canada website.

Other Leave

In British Columbia, employees are entitled to 3 days of mandatory leave for the bereavement of a family member and approximately 27 weeks of leave for compassionate care leave.
Employees are also entitled to up to 37 weeks of leave in the case of a critical illness, up to 104 weeks in the event of the death of an employee’s child, or in the case that a child has disappeared.

In British Columbia, all employers must provide their full-time, regularly employed employees, job-protected, unpaid leave for their duty as jurors or as a witness in a case, responding to a subpoena: or acting as a plaintiff or defendant in the courts. Employees must provide a copy of the jury summons to the employer as evidence of the requirement.

Reservist Leave regulations require employers to provide up to 20 days of unpaid leave each calendar year for annual training for reservists once they have completed at least 26 consecutive weeks of service with the same employer. An employee may take reservist leave for the following reasons:

  • deployment to a Canadian forces’ operation outside Canada
  • deployment to a Canadian forces operation inside Canada that is assisting with an emergency or the aftermath of an emergency
  • annual training, included related travel time, for up to 20 days in a calendar year
  • other operations set out as such in the Employment Standards Regulation by the minister


Termination Process

There are two ways an employer can terminate an employment contract:

  • Providing written notice to the employee
  • Termination due to just cause

It is important to note that the final payment to the employee must be made:

  • Within 48 hours after the last day when the employer ends the employment agreement
  • Within 6 days after the last day when the employee ends the employment agreement

Notice Period

In general, notice periods in British Columbia, Canada, are not required, but it is common to give one month’s notice.

Severance Pay

In British Columbia, severance pay is mandated and determined by common law with the amount of severance pay determined by the length of service.

  • At least 3 months of employment – 1 week
  • 3 months to 1 year – two weeks’ pay
  • 1 year+ – 3 weeks’ pay for one year of service followed by an additional week payment per year of service, up to a maximum of eight years

Probation Period

The probation period in British Columbia for permanent employees is generally a minimum of 3 months.

Common Benefits


Cell Phone, internet allowance, and car allowance.

Supplementary health care/dental plan – typically covers costs of items or care that is not covered by Canada’s universal healthcare system such as prescription drugs or vision ware.

Private pension contribution of the employer (2-6 % of base salary).



The Government of Canada operates the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to enable foreign citizens to apply to work in Canada for a set period.  The program covers all job roles and knowledge levels, and it can be used when a qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident is not available or suitable for the role.

There are federal (Government of Canada) immigration programs and provincial programs (Government of British Columbia) in place in British Columbia.



Canadian Federal GST is charged at 5%. British Columbia PST is 7%, resulting in a combined GST and PST rate of 12.00%.

Stay up to date on payroll & employment law changes

Version History

June 1, 2022
The minimum wage has increased to 15.65 CAD.
May 23, 2022
Payroll contributions and personal income tax rates have been updated.
February 20, 2022
Payroll contributions and personal income tax rates have been updated.
January 1, 2021
Canada Pension Plan contributions for the employee and employer contribution rates increased to 5.45%.
Minimum wage increased to $15.20/hr.
Tax brackets increased for all tax rates for both federal and state taxes

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1 year ago

What are some common non-mandatory benefits employers provide their workers?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
1 year ago
Reply to  Leah

Some common benefits include cell phone and internet allowance, car allowance, supplementary health care/dental plan (which typically cover costs of items or care that are not covered by Canada’s universal healthcare system such as prescription drugs or vision ware), and private pension contribution of the employer (2-6 % of base salary).

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Public Holidays Calendar

Canada – British Columbia 2023
Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday Jan-1 New Year’s Day
Monday Feb-20 Family Day
Friday Apr-7 Good Friday
Monday May-22 Victoria Day
Saturday Jul-1 Canada Day
Monday Aug-7 BC Day
Monday Sep-4 Labour Day
Monday Oct-9 Thanksgiving
Saturday Nov-11 Remembrance Day
Monday Dec-25 Christmas Day