Hours of Work

Standard hours of work

The standard hours of work for an employee in a federally regulated industry are:

  • eight hours in a day (any period of 24 consecutive hours)
  • 40 hours in a week (the period between midnight on Saturday and midnight on the Saturday that immediately follows)

Federally regulated employees are all entitled to one full day of rest each week, which usually falls on a Sunday.

During a week when one or more holidays occur, the standard hours of work is reduced by eight hours for each holiday.

Regulations allow for different standard hours of work for certain industries and types of work, such as drivers in the trucking industry; employees on ships in the East Coast and Great Lakes shipping industry and the West Coast shipping industry; running trades employees in the railway industry; the commission salespersons in the broadcasting industry; and the commission-paid salespeople in the banking industry.

Overtime hours of work

Any hours worked in excess of the standard hours of work are considered overtime hours.

Overtime pay at a rate of a minimum of 1.5 times the regular hourly wage for those hours would apply, with the following exceptions:

  • Managers and professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, dentists, architects and engineers, are exempt from overtime.

For technical guidance, please consult Clarification on Excluded Employees (IPG-049)

Maximum hours of work

In most cases, the maximum number of hours worked in a week is 48.

This can be exceeded in exceptional circumstances including permits, for emergency work, under an averaging plan or a modified work schedule.

For general information, please consult Hours of Work (Pamphlet 9 - Labour Standards).

For technical guidance, please consult Averaging (IPG-053), Hours of Work (IPG-002) and Reporting Pay (IPG-048).

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