Canadian employers - Overtime pay by province

What happens when your employee works more hours than normal? This FAQ will give you basic information about how your province requires employers to handle overtime. It will also review how Wave handles overtime, and how you can pay your employees overtime with Payroll by Wave.


According to the Ontario government, most employees should receive overtime pay for every hour worked over a set number of hours per week. For most employees this will be 44 hours, but it may be more or fewer hours according to the employment contract or the type of work the employee performs. The overtime hourly rate is typically 1.5 times the regular hourly rate of your employee.

Click here to read more about Ontario's overtime regulations.


In Alberta, most employees are entitled to overtime pay. In general, overtime hours will start to accrue if the employee worked more than 8 hours in a day or more than 44 hours in a week, but Alberta also allows the employer and employee to create their own overtime agreement.

Click here for more information on overtime in Alberta. 

British Columbia

In B.C. employers must pay overtime to an employee who works over 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day. The overtime wage should be calculated at 1.5 times the employee's regular hourly wage.

The British Columbia government has created a great factsheet that covers common overtime issues. Click here to view the overtime hours factsheet for B.C.

Other Provinces

To learn more about how overtime is regulated in your province or territory, select it from the list below.

Each business and each employer/employee contract are unique. We recommend that you reach out to your local government to verify that you are handling overtime pay correctly based on your business and employee situation.

How to add overtime hours in Wave

Payroll by Wave does not automatically calculate and apply overtime hours for your employees. You will have to manually calculate and add the overtime hours to the timesheets page to pay your employees overtime.

To add overtime hours on the timesheets page, select the Payroll tab on the left hand navigation bar and select the Timesheets page. Enter the amount of overtime hours your employees worked for that payroll period in the Overtime column. Overtime wages in Wave are calculated at 1.5 times the regular hourly wage of the employee.

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