What Are My Rights As A Live-In Caregiver In Canada?

October 3, 2014 Our Blog

As a live-in caregiver in Canada, you are entitled to certain legal rights under the Canadian Labour or Employment laws. It is important to know these basic rights so that you do not become vulnerable and open to abuse by some unscrupulous employers. Majority of the Provinces and Territories in Canada offer and support that live-in caregivers are legally guaranteed fair working conditions and fair treatment in accordance with the law.

The live-in caregiver employment contract is supposed to be written based on the law to help define your obligations and protect your rights. If for some reason, certain conditions are included in your contract but these conditions are against the law, you have the right to reject these conditions even after you already signed the contract. Above all, you have the right to terminate your contract and leave your employer if you are subjected to abuse.

Below are terms and conditions, also known as your rights as a live-in caregiver in Canada. These conditions are to be included in your employment contract but if they are not included, it should not mean that you are not allowed to enjoy them. There may be some slight differences in Provincial and Territorial labour laws so make you sure you know the labour standards in your location in Canada.

Labour laws may cover rights in areas such as:

  • days off each week;
  • vacation time with pay;
  • paid public holidays;
  • overtime pay;
  • minimum wage;
  • maximum charges for room and board.

Public holidays are days when most workers, including live-in caregivers, can have the day off with pay or receive a premium for working, which could be overtime pay. In Canada, some common holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1);
  • Good Friday (the Friday before Easter);
  • Victoria Day (late May);
  • Canada Day (July 1);
  • Labour Day (early September);
  • Thanksgiving (mid-October); and
  • Christmas Day (December 25).

Some provinces or territories have one or two other public holidays.