Canadian payroll legislation: termination notice

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In Canada, there are employment laws in every province regarding termination notice. Employees are entitled to a notice of termination, otherwise known as termination or severance pay, if they've been employed for longer than three months. The required termination period varies based on jurisdiction in addition to the worker's length of employment. 

Payworks has a Required Termination Periods chart which itemizes each province, employment duration and the appropriate period of time required for termination notice: 

 

British Columbia

up to 3 months nil
3 months to 1 year 1 week
after 1 year 2 weeks
after 3 years 3 weeks, plus 1 week for each additional year of employment to a maximum of 8 years

 

Alberta

up to 3 months nil
3 months to 2 years 1 week
2 to 4 years 2 weeks
4 to 6 years 4 weeks
6 to 8 years 5 weeks
8 to 10 years 6 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks

 

Saskatchewan

up to 13 weeks nil
13 weeks to 1 year 1 week
1 to 3 years 2 weeks
3 to 5 years 4 weeks
5 to 10 years 6 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks

 

Manitoba

30 days but less than 1 year 1 week
1 year but less than 3 years 2 weeks
3 years but less than 5 years 4 weeks
5 years but less than 10 years 6 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks

 

Ontario

Less than 3 months nil
3 months but less than 1 year 1 week
1 year but less than 3 years 2 weeks
3 years but less than 4 years 3 weeks
4 years but less than 5 years 4 weeks
5 years but less than 6 years 5 weeks
6 years but less than 7 years 6 weeks
7 years but less than 8 years 7 weeks
8 years or more 8 weeks

 

Québec

Less than 3 months nil
3 months to 1 years 1 week
1 to 5 years 2 weeks
5 to 10 years 4 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks

 

New Brunswick

less than 6 months nil
6 months to 5 years 2 weeks in writing or 2 weeks in pay
5 years or more 4 weeks in writing or 4 weeks in pay

 

Nova Scotia

Less than 3 months nil
3 months but less than 2 years 1 week in writing or 1 week in pay
2 years but less than 5 years 2 weeks in writing or 2 weeks in pay
5 years but less than 10 years 4 weeks in writing or 4 weeks in pay
10 years or more 8 weeks in writing or 8 weeks in pay

 

Prince Edward Island

less than 6 months nil
6 months to 5 years 2 weeks
5 to 10 years 4 weeks
10 to 15 years 6 weeks
15 years or more 8 weeks

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

Less than 3 months nil
3 months to 2 years 1 week
2 to 5 years 2 weeks
5 to 10 years 3 weeks
10 to 15 years 4 weeks
15 years or more 6 weeks

 

Yukon

Less than 6 months nil
6 months but less than 1 year 1 week
1 year but less than 3 years 2 weeks
3 years but less than 4 years 3 weeks
4 years but less than 5 years 4 weeks
5 years but less than 6 years 5 weeks
6 years but less than 7 years 6 weeks
7 years but less than 8 years 7 weeks
8 years or more 8 weeks

 

Northwest Territories

Less than 90 days nil
90 days but less than 3 years 2 weeks
After 3 years An additional week per year of employment to a maximum of 8 weeks

 

Nunavut

Less than 90 days nil
90 days but less than 3 years 2 weeks
After 3 years An additional week per year of employment to a maximum of 8 weeks

 

Federal Government

less than 3 months nil
more than 3 months 2 weeks or 2 weeks in pay

 

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