Canadian dollars (CAD)
English & French
Cost of Living
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Time (UTC)
Constitutional Monarchy & Parliamentary Democracy

Hire in Canada without an entity and fully compliant with local labor laws

Canada has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the friendliest and least corrupt countries. It’s  the tenth-largest global economy and residents enjoy an excellent work-life balance and living conditions. Canadians also prioritize education: 40% of residents have upper and post-secondary degrees; 41% have tertiary degrees.

Canada and the United States share the world's longest international border, 5,525 miles end-to-end. Fortunately for travelers, their capital cities, Ottawa and Washintgon, DC are only 569 miles by car.

Get to know Canada

Despite the land mass, Canada is one of the world's least populated countries. It's also one of the safest places to live. Natural resources, including abundant petroleum and natural gas, are valued at $33.2 trillion. 

The ten provinces and three territories include two deserts and more than 180 tree species, making up 10% of the world's forests. The country stretches east-to-west from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Reading is a favorite national pastime along with cooking & baking, outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with their pets. In 1994, the National Sports of Canada Act named hockey the official winter sport of the country. 

The World Bank classifies Canada as a high-income economy with the following trade agreements and alliances: 

Trade Agreements:

  • APEC - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • CETA - Canadian-European Trade Agreement
  • NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement


  • ADB - Asian Development Bank
  • Commonwealth of Nations
  • G20 - Group of Twenty
  • G8 - Group of Eight
  • NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • OAS - Organization of American States
  • OECD
  • OSZE
  • UN - United Nations
  • WTO - World Trade Organization

“Must know” if you’re hiring in Canada without an employer of record

Entity requirements
Mandatory hiring contracts & clauses
Different compliance risks for full-time vs. contractor employees
Mandatory probationary periods
Allowable working hours & overtime wage laws
Timecard and attendance records
Required employer payroll, labor insurance, and tax payments
Discrimination protection
Notices & termination regulations

Budgeting for Canadian employees

Hiring remote Canadian professionals is smart and economical, assuming you’re fully compliant with local tax, labor, and wage laws.
Employee Classification–Full-time vs Contractor


  • Work regular schedules 
  • Work at only one job with one company
  • Paid annual or hourly salaries on a regular schedule
  • Receive complete benefits


  • Completes a job for a specified period
  • Often hired to help address a particular problem or demand
  • Typically receives a one-time payment when job completes
  • Might receive benefits
Employment Contracts

Employment contracts typically address:

  • Salary, duties, job title, and work location 
  • Reasonable termination notice
  • Rules against soliciting employer's personnel or clients 
  • Non-disclosure agreements
Probation Period
  • Three - six months
  • No affect an employee's statutory rights
Standard Working Hours & Overtime
  • Eight hours per day
  • 40 hours per week
  • 44 - 48 weekly overtime
Payroll Frequency


Wages & Bonuses
  • Minimum monthly wage = $3357
  • Minimum hourly wage = $24
  • Optional year-end bonuses

USD equivalent median salaries 

  • Data Scientist - $66,981 USD
  • Electrical Engineer - $43,889 USD
  • Hardware Engineer - $66,899
  • IT Manager - $69,058 USD
  • Mobile Developer - $56,390 USD
  • Product Manager - $66,276 USD
  • Project Manager - $54,264 USD
  • QA Engineer - $44,586 USD
  • Software Engineer - $56,009 USD
  • System Administrator - $45,674 USD
  • UX Designer - $75,311 USD
  • Web Developer - $44,075 USD
Payroll Taxes & Employer Contributions


  • 5.7% Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • 1.58% Employment Insurance
  • 0.98% - 1.95% Ontario Health Premium
  • 15% - 33% Income Tax


  • 5.70% Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • 2.21% Employment Insurance (EI)
  • $1.03 for every $75.02 Workers Compensation contribution

Health Insurance 

  • Employer contributions to supplementary healthcare coverage varies 
  • Not mandatory
  • Percent of contribution varies by employer
  • Hourly work
  • 77% of employers pay 100% of the premium
  • 51% of employers offer extended health care to hourly workers
  • 73% pay 100% of the premium

Paid leave


  • 15 - 17 weeks
  • Employee must provide two weeks notice to employer


  • 63 weeks parental leave

Vacation/PTO days

  • One year = two weeks
  • Five years = three weeks

Sick Days

         Three days

Additional Leave

  • Jury duty
  • Bereavement leave
  • Compassionate Care leave
  • Reservist leave

Additional Benefits

  • Retirement
  • Voluntary benefits
  • Health care spending and wellness accounts
  • Gymnasiums
  • Workplace canteens


Canada celebrates five annual statutory national holidays and multiple provincial observances based on the Gregorian calendar. Canadians of different heritages also celebrate some holidays according to the Lunar calendar.


Statutory national  holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
  • Canada Day / Memorial Day (July 1)
  • Labour Day (first Monday in September
  • Christmas Day (December 25)


Provincial holidays include 

  • Family Day (February)
  • Thanksgiving Day (second Monday in October)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)
Termination & Severance

Notice Period

  • Two years = one week
  • Two-four years = two weeks
  • Four - six years = four weeks
  • Six-eight years = five weeks
  • Eight-10 years = six weeks
  • 10+ years = eight weeks

Severance Pay

  • Must be employed in the company for five years
  • Calculated on on one week’s regular salary rate per year of employment

And a few fun facts about Canada

  • Canada has the world's longest highway, the Trans-Canada Highway stretches over 4,725 miles, and the longest street running 1,243 miles 
  • A bear cub in the Winnipeg zoo inspired A.A. Milne's beloved Winnie the Pooh
  • The Sour Toe Cocktail is real and that's all we're gonna say here
  • Churchill, Canada has a polar bear jail 
  • 30 million people enjoy more than 1 billion donuts every year

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