As an employer, you are required to pay your employees at least the minimum wage for Ontario. For most occupations, there is one hourly minimum wage that applies. However, there are some exceptions for young workers and people in specific occupations.

The Canada Revenue Payroll Business link provides steps that will help you understand your responsibilities and how payroll works. You must conform with the Employment Standards legislation for Ontario.

This typically includes:

  • Guidelines regarding the payment of wages
  • Minimum wage thresholds
  • Vacation pay rules
  • Guidelines for hours or work, breaks, and payment of overtime

CRA Payroll Web Pages
As an employer, trustee, or payer, you are responsible for deducting Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, Employment Insurance (EI) premiums and income tax from remuneration or other types of income you pay, remitting them and reporting them on the applicable slips.

CRA Payroll Cycle
These steps will help you understand your responsibilities and how payroll works. It is important to understand each step, to ensure you are not assessed penalties, interest, and other consequences.

Salary Calculator – Know What You’re Worth
Wondering what a certain type of job pays in Canada? No need to spend hours trying to Google the info, which you’ll likely draw a blank on anyway. Instead go right to the source: Monster’s Salary Wizard Canada®. This handy tool lets you find what you’re looking for quickly and easily. For each position you select, you’ll get a brief job description plus details about pay and bonuses. Here’s how to use this free service so that your results are optimal.


The Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions within the toolkit. Under no circumstances shall the CKWPB be held liable for any loss or damage, which may be attributable to the reliance on and use of the toolkit.

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