How Provision of Room and Board Affects Minimum Wage In Ontario

March 20, 2015 News,Our Blog

Room and BoardFor the purposes of ensuring that the applicable minimum wage has been paid to an employee, an employer can take into account the provision of room and board (meals). Room and board will only be deemed to have been paid as wages if the employee has received the meals and occupied the room.

What employers can deduct for room and board

The amounts that an employer is deemed to have paid to the employee as wages for room or board or both is set out below:

  • Room (weekly)
    • private $31.70
    • non-private $15.85
    • non-private (domestic workers only) $0.00
  • Meals
    • each meal $2.55
    • weekly maximum $53.55
  • Rooms and meals (weekly)
    • with private room $85.25
    • with non-private $69.40
    • non-private (domestic workers only) $53.55
  • Harvest workers (only) weekly housing
    • serviced housing $99.35
    • unserviced housing $73.30

Employees Sent Home After Working Less Than Three Hours: The Three-Hour Rule

When an employee who regularly works more than three hours a day is required to report to work but works less than three hours, he or she must be paid whichever of the following amounts is the highest:

  • three hours at the minimum wage, 
  • the employee’s regular wage for the time worked.

For example, if an employee who is a liquor server is paid $10.00 an hour and works only two hours, he or she is entitled to three hours at minimum wage (i.e., $9.55, the liquor servers minimum wage, x 3 = $28.65) instead of two hours at his or her regular wage ($10.00 x 2 = $20.00).

Note: The rule does not apply to:

  • students (including students over 18 years of age)
  • employees whose regular shift is three hours or less
  • in some cases where the cause of the employee not being able to work at least three hours was beyond the employer’s control.


July 17, 2015

Good info but… what is the legal distinction between a private and non-private room?