Caroline Arbour | Journalist
Your first job will have its fair share of changes. For one, you'll start earning a regular wage; and that means you'll learn a lot about money. Here are some of the basics to give you a head start.
The most important thing to know is that there's a minimum wage--according to your province's employment standards--that you have to be paid regardless of your age, experience, start date and whether you're a full- or part-time employee.
This rate may vary based on certain conditions and may change at any time. In fact, the Quebec minimum wage is expected to go up on May 1, 2017, pending Cabinet approval in the spring.
General minimum wage rate (no tips)
- 11.25/hour starting May 1
General minimum wage rate (with tips)
- $9.45/hour starting May 1
3 facts you should know
1. All employees are entitled to the minimum wage, regardless of how they're paid. However, there are some exceptions. Here are some that apply in Quebec:
- If you work for a social or community non-profit organization (e.g., vacation camp or recreational organization)
- If you babysit regularly
- If you're an intern as part of a professional training program recognized by the law
- If you're paid by commission only, work offsite and your work hours can't be controlled
2. There's a minimum yield rate and special conditions for strawberry, raspberry or apple pickers.
3. A restaurant cannot deduct amounts from an employee's pay when the cash register doesn't balance or if they break any tableware.