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Job Terminations in Canada

All Canadian employees are entitled to written notice of the employer's intention to terminate his or her employment. In cases where an employer wishes to end the work relationship immediately, they must pay the employee his/her regular wages in lieu of the notice period (this is referred to as “pay in lieu of notice").

The length of the notice period will vary based on several factors: how long you have worked for the employer, your work jurisdiction, and if your employer has provided additional notice over and above the prescribed limits. In many Canadian regions, staff must be employed longer than a set minimum amount of time before they are entitled to receive written notice of termination.

Use the table below to review the termination notice requirements for each of the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Select a province name to view more detailed information about the region.

Province/Territory Work Duration - Notice Period
Alberta

Individual and Group Terminations:

  • Less than 3 months of employment: None
  • Between 3 months and 2 years: 1 week
  • Between 2 years and 4 years: 2 weeks
  • Between 4 years and 6 years: 4 weeks
  • Between 6 years and 8 years: 5 weeks
  • Between 8 years and 10 years: 6 weeks
  • 10 years or more: 8 weeks

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BC

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 3 months: None
  • Between 3 to 12 months: 1 week
  • Between 1 to 3 years: 2 weeks
  • 3 years: 3 weeks
  • Over 3 years: For every year of employment after 3 years an additional week of notice is required up to 8 weeks in total.

Group Terminations:

  • 50 to 100 employees: 8 weeks
  • 101 to 300 employees: 12 weeks
  • Over 301 employees: 16 weeks

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Manitoba

Individual Terminations:

  • Individual Terminations Less than 30 days: None
  • 30 days to less than 1 year: 1 week
  • 1 year to less than 3 years: 2 weeks
  • 3 years to less than 5 years: 4 weeks
  • 5 years to less than 10 years: 6 weeks
  • 10 years or more: 8 weeks

Group Terminations:

  • 50 to 100 employees: 10 weeks
  • 101 to 299 employees: 14 weeks
  • 300 plus employees: 18 weeks

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New Brunswick

Individual Terminations:

  • Between 6 months and 5 years: 2 weeks
  • More than 5 years: 4 weeks

Group Terminations:

  • Group termination applies to the termination of 10 or more employees (which is equal to 25% of the total number of employees) within a 28 day period. The Minister of Labour must be given six weeks written notice along with the employees who are being terminated.

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Newfoundland & Labrador

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 3 months: None
  • Between 3 months and 2 years: 1 Week
  • Between 2 and 5 years: 2 Weeks
  • Between 5 and 10 years: 3 Weeks
  • Between 10 and 15 years: 4 Weeks
  • 15 years and over: 6 Weeks

Group Terminations:

  • 50 to 199: 8 weeks
  • 200 to 499: 12 weeks
  • More than 500: 16 weeks

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NWT

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 90 days: None
  • Between 90 days and 3 years: 2 weeks
  • 3 years or more: For every year after 3 years an additional week is required up to 8 weeks in total

Group Terminations:

  • 25 to 49 employees: 4 weeks
  • 50 to 99 employees: 8 weeks
  • 100 to 299 employees: 12 weeks
  • 300 or more employees: 16 weeks

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Nova Scotia

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 3 months: None
  • Between 3 months and 2 years: 1 week
  • Between 2 years and 5 years: 2 weeks
  • Between 5 years and 10 years: 4 weeks
  • Over 10 years: 8 weeks

Group Terminations:

  • 10 to 99 employees: 8 weeks
  • 100 to 299 employees: 12 weeks
  • More than 300 employees: 16 weeks

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Nunavut

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 90 days: None
  • Between 90 days and 3 years: 2 weeks
  • 3 years or more: For every year after 3 years an additional week is required up to 8 weeks in total

Group Terminations:

  • 25 to 49 employees: 4 weeks
  • 50 to 99 8 weeks 100 to 299 employees: 12 weeks
  • 300 or more employees: 16 weeks

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Ontario

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 3 months: None
  • Between 3 months and 1 year: 1 week
  • Between 1 year and 3 years: 2 weeks
  • 3 years or more: For every year after 3 years an additional week is required up to 8 weeks in total

Group Terminations:

  • 50 to 199 employees: 8 weeks
  • 200 to 499 employees: 12 weeks
  • 500 or more employees: 16 weeks

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PEI

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 6 months: None
  • Between 6 months and 5 years: 2 weeks or 2 weeks pay in lieu of notice
  • Between 5 and 10 years: 4 weeks
  • Between 10 and 15 years: 6 weeks
  • Over 15 years: 8 weeks

Group Terminations:

  • There is no provincial legislation stating required notice periods.

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Quebec

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 3 months: None
  • Between 3 months and 1 year: 1 week
  • Between 1 year and 5 years: 2 weeks
  • Between 5 years and 10 years: 4 weeks
  • 10 years or more: 8 weeks

Group Terminations:

  • 10 to 99 employees: 8 weeks
  • 100 to 299 employees: 12 weeks
  • 300 or more employees: 16 weeks

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Saskatchewan

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 3 months: None
  • Between 13 weeks and 1 year: 1 week
  • Between 1 year and 3 years: 2 weeks
  • Between 3 years and 5 years: 4 weeks
  • Between 5 years and 10 years: 6 weeks
  • 10 years or more: 8 weeks

Group Terminations:

  • 10 to 49 employees: 4 weeks
  • 50 to 99 employees: 8 weeks
  • 100 or more employees: 12 weeks

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Yukon

Individual Terminations:

  • Under 6 months: None
  • Between 6 months and 1 year: 1 week
  • Between 1 year and 3 years: 2 weeks
  • 3 years or more: For every year after 3 years an additional week is required up to 8 weeks in total

Group Terminations:

  • 25 to 49 employees: 4 weeks
  • 50 to 99 employees: 8 weeks
  • 100 to 299 employees: 12 weeks
  • 300 or more employees: 16 weeks

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