What You Need To Know

As an employer, it is important to know that employment standards are the law! At a minimum, you must follow the standards set by the Government of Prince Edward Island. In this section you need to know about the Employment Standards Act and the Youth Employment Act (see Additional Resources).

The Acts cover several areas such as, but not limited to:

Why You Need To Know

As an employer you need to know your rights and responsibilities to avoid breaking the law. You also need to know the rights and responsibilities of your workers.

Many workplaces, especially small and medium-sized employers, do not have dedicated human resource professionals to help navigate the legislation.  If you have a general question, check the Employment Standards Act first or contact the Employment Standards Branch. They are also responsible for handling complaints from employers and employees when they believe the other party is not following the law.

What You Need To Do

You first need to know if you should follow provincial or federal employment laws. Approximately 90% of the Canadian workforce is employed with a provincially regulated employer.  Check this list to make sure that you are not considered a federally regulated employer.

If your company falls into one of the following sectors, you are most likely to be a federally regulated employer:

If you are a federally regulated employer visit: Canada Labour Code

If your company does not fall into one of the groups on the list, you are most likely a provincial employer.

Still unsure? You may contact the Employment Standards Branch to find out which laws you need to follow.

You need to know the minimum employment standards and make sure to apply them in your workplace. The laws may change from time to time so check them regularly.

Employment Standards Branch in PEI

161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-368-5550
Toll-free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: 902-368-5476

The minimum wage for employees in PEI is $13.00 per hour (Effective April 1, 2021)