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Saskatchewan Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides provincial payroll information for the province of Saskatchewan. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

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Minimum Wage  Hours of work  Worker's Compensation  Leaves  Statutory Holidays  Minimum Age  Pay Statements  Terminations  Vacationable Earnings 


  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in Saskatchewan and every pensioner residing in Saskatchewan can claim the personal exemption amount of $16,065 for 2017.
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $11,635 for 2017.

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of the Saskatchewan Employment Act. Here are some online resources:

Minimum Wage in Saskatchewan

The province of Saskatchewan one wage rate standard as follows:

Parties Applicable (requirements) Wage Rate
General $10.962 as of October 1, 2017. The minimum wage is adjusted annually on October 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage.

Hours of Work in Saskatchewan

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are management, teachers, commission sales persons, etc.

A week is defined as Sunday to Saturday.

Period Rate
Maximum Maximum is 44 hours per week unless employee consents to more based on employer agreement
* ** Exclude statutory hours from overtime calculation and reduce the work week by the statutory hours
Overtime Hours in excess of 12.00 hours/day (based on employer agreement) or 40.00 hours/week (average amount cannot be more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week during the averaging period).
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Break Period If worked 6 hours or more per day must be allowed 1/2 hour every consecutive 5 hours worked
Rest Period 8.00 hours between shifts where no emergency situations exist

Worker's Compensation in Saskatchewan

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2017 is $76,086.

Allowances (if taxable) Standby pay
Clothing allowances (if taxable) Short-term disability paid by the employer (amounts in first 3 months)
Moving allowances (if taxable) Long-term disability paid by the employer (amounts in first 3 months)
Travel allowances (if taxable) Gratuities and tips
Bonuses paid in cash Regular salary or wages/overtime
Commissions Shift premium
Call in pay WCB-top up
Call back pay Sick-pay (amounts paid not exceeding 3 months)
Directors' fees Vacation Pay/Statutory Holiday paid
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging Company loans
Company car RRSP & Stock Options
Life insurance (employer paid)  
Gifts Retiring allowance
Maternity with pay Severance pay
Medical remiums (Provincial) Sick pay on termination
Pay in lieu of notice Temporary lay-off with pay
Pre-retirement with pay WCB award
Private health care  

Leaves of Absence in Saskatchewan

Maternity Leave
Time with Employer 13 weeks
Required Notice Four weeks written notice
Length of Leave 18 weeks taken any time within the 12 weeks prior to estimated birth and a minimum of six weeks after birth (or 14 weeks if employee fails to provide employer required notice). Additional 8 weeks if employee is unable to return for medical reasons (or 6 weeks if employee fails to provide employer required notice).
Paid No
Parental Leave
Time with Employer 13 weeks
Required Notice four weeks written notice
Length of Leave 34 weeks beginning consecutively after the maternity leave up to 12 weeks before the estimated date of birth but before 52 weeks after actual date of birth or 37 weeks for employee not eligible for maternity leave.
Benefits Maintained No
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave three consecutive hours between 9:00am and 8:00pm
Paid Yes
Time with Employer 13 weeks
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave Five days if an immediate family member beginning 1 week before and ending 1 week after death
Paid No
Adoption Leave
Time with Employer 13 consecutive weeks
Required Notice four weeks written notice
Length of Leave 18 weeks beginning the day of the adoption.
Paid No
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave three consecutive hours
Paid Yes
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with employer 13 weeks
Required notice N/A
Length of leave Up to 8 weeks to care for an employee’s family member with a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death within 26 weeks. Maximum is 2 compassionate care leaves in a period of 52 weeks.
Paid Six weeks of Employment Insurance benefits may be paid to EI eligible employees.

Statutory Holidays in Saskatchewan

Holiday 2017 2016 2015 2014
New Year's Day Sun., Jan. 01 Fri., Jan. 01 Thu., Jan. 01 Wed., Jan. 01
Family Day Mon, Feb. 20 Mon, Feb. 15 Mon, Feb. 16 Mon, Feb. 17
Good Friday Fri., Apr. 14 Fri., Mar. 25 Fri., Apr. 03 Fri., Apr. 18
Victoria Day Mon., May. 22 Mon., May 23 Mon., May 18 Mon., May. 19
Canada Day Sat., July 01 Fri., July 01 Wed., July 01 Tue., July 01
Saskatchewan Day Mon. Aug. 07 Mon. Aug. 01 Mon. Aug. 03 Mon. Aug. 04
Labour Day Mon., Sep. 04 Mon., Sep. 05 Mon., Sep. 07 Mon., Sep. 01
Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 09 Mon., Oct. 10 Mon., Oct. 12 Mon., Oct. 13
Remembrance Day Sun., Nov. 11 Fri., Nov. 11 Wed., Nov. 11 Tue., Nov. 11
Christmas Day Mon., Dec. 25 Sun., Dec. 25 Fri., Dec. 25 Thu., Dec. 25

Whenever the following holidays land on a Saturday or Sunday, New Year's Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day the employer must grant his or her employee a holiday with pay on the next working day immediately preceding or following the holiday, providing that the holiday is a provincial requirement. If a statutory holiday is worked on a regularly scheduled work day then the employee must receive their regular daily pay plus time and a half.

Saskatchewan Day is a statutory holiday which falls on the first Monday of August (as designated in the Labour Standards Act).

According to the Urban Municipality Act (Shop Closing), shops must close at 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. of the following day. On Saturday, the shops must close at 10:00 p.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. of the following Monday.

Minimum Age in Saskatchewan

Any children under the age of 16 must have approval from a school principal to work during school hours. Children under the age of 16 have restrictions from work in construction, factories, mills, various lines, and plants. For a more detailed description of restrictions see the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Pay Statements in Saskatchewan

For Saskatchewan there is no legislation on the frequency at which pay periods should take place. The employee must receive their pay on an established regular basis. By legislation, Saskatchewan pay statements must contain the following (though employers may include additional items):

Pay Statement Inclusions
Dates of pay periods Amount paid for regular wages, overtime, public holiday pay, work on a public holiday, vacation pay and pay in lieu of notice
Itemized Deductions Regular, overtime, and public holiday hours worked;
Gross earnings Employee and employer name
Rate of pay  

Termination Notice in Saskatchewan

Individual Termination
Length of Employment Notice Required
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 Termination
Number of Employees Notice Required
10 to 49 4 weeks
50 to 99 8 weeks
100 or more 12 weeks

Vacationable Earnings in Saskatchewan

The Vacation Entitlement for Saskatchewan employees who have worked at the same job for one year (12 months) is 3 weeks.

Inclusions and Exclusions
Work related bonuses (cash) Profit Sharing
Call in pay Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Call back pay Shift premium
Commissions earned at employer's premises Standby pay
Commissions earned by a route salesman Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters)
Commissions earned away from employer's premises Statutory - General Holidays
Overtime pay Sick pay - Sick days (not clearly addressed)
Previously paid vacation pay  
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging
Allowances (car, clothing, moving, travel, housing, meal, tools)
Discretionary bonuses (cash)
Directors' fees
Employer-paid long term disability (not clearly addressed)
Employer-paid short term disability (not clearly addressed)
Gifts (cash or in kind) and awards
Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay
Severance/Plant severance
Tips and Gratuities (employer controlled)
Maternity leave top-ups
Retiring allowance
Taxable Benefits such as:
Company car Provincial medical
Group term Life Insurance Stock options
Group RRSP payments Interest-free company loans

Vacation Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
1 to 9 years 3 weeks or 6%
9 years or more 4 weeks or 8%


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