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Canada Labour Standards Regulations

Version of section 19 from 2019-09-01 to 2022-03-03:

  •  (1) In this section,

    basic rate of wages

    basic rate of wages means the basic hourly wage rate of an employee excluding any premium or bonus rates paid under any specific conditions of his employment; (taux de salaire de base)


    employee means an employee engaged in multi-employer employment; (employé)


    employer means the employer of an employee; (employeur)

    longshoring employment

    longshoring employment means employment in the loading or unloading of ship’s cargo and in operations related to the loading or unloading of ship’s cargo; (emploi au débardage)

    multi-employer employment

    multi-employer employment means longshoring employment in any port in Canada where by custom the employee engaged in such employment would in the usual course of a working month be ordinarily employed by more than one employer; (travail au service de plusieurs employeurs)

    multi-employer unit

    multi-employer unit means an association of employers designated by the Minister as a multi-employer unit. (groupe de plusieurs employeurs)

  • (2) When an employee of an employer who is a member of a multi-employer unit is entitled to wages for multi-employer employment, the employee is entitled to and shall be paid by the multi-employer unit an amount equal to their basic rate of wages multiplied by one twentieth of the hours, exclusive of overtime hours, that they worked in the four-week period immediately preceding the week in which a general holiday occurs.

  • (3) Where an employee is employed by an employer who is not a member of a multi-employer unit, the employee is entitled to and shall be paid, on each pay day, in lieu of general holidays, an amount equal to three and one-half per cent of his basic rate of wages multiplied by the number of hours worked by the employee for that employer in the pay period for which he is paid on that pay day.

  • (4) In addition to any amounts that an employee is entitled to under subsections (2) and (3), an employee who is required by an employer to work on a general holiday shall be paid at a rate of not less than one and one-half times his basic rate of wages for the time worked by him on that day.

  • (5) The Minister may by order designate an association of employers as a multi-employer unit for any port or ports if

    • (a) the association has set up and administers a central pay office to record the employment of the employees of the employers who are members of the association and to pay wages to such employees on behalf of their employers; and

    • (b) the Minister is satisfied that the central pay office so set up by the association of employers is authorized to collect from each of the members of the association and pay out on their behalf to their employees the pay required to be paid to those employees pursuant to this section.

  • (6) For the purposes of subsection 177.1(1), paragraph 206(1)(a), subsections 206.1(1), 206.4(2) and (2.1), 206.5(2) and (3), 206.6(2), 206.7(2.1), 206.8(1), 210(2), 230(1) and 235(1), paragraphs 239(1)(a) and 240(1)(a) and subsection 247.5(1) of the Act, if an employee is engaged in multi-employer employment, that employee is deemed to be continuously employed.

  • SOR/78-560, s. 3
  • SOR/81-473, s. 1
  • SOR/91-461, s. 18
  • SOR/2002-113, s. 5
  • SOR/2009-194, s. 1
  • SOR/2014-305, s. 4
  • SOR/2019-168, s. 8

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