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How can I tell how much I've been paid?

How can I tell how much I've been paid?
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How can I tell how much I've been paid?
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March 9, 2018

Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) says that on or before your payday, your employer must give you a statement of your wages. This is often called a pay stub.

The pay stub must include:

  • your rate of pay, for example, how much you make in an hour
  • the pay period, for example, June 1 to June 14
  • your wages for that pay period before and after any deductions
  • how your employer figured out your wages, for example, how many hours you worked and what they owe you for those hours
  • the amount and reason for any deductions

The pay stub must be in writing. Or, your employer can email it to you if you can print a copy at work.

Paydays and pay periods

Your employer must have a regular payday and a pay period that they use to figure out how much they owe you.

For example, you might get paid for 2 weeks at a time and your payday might be every other Friday.

How you're paid

Your employer can pay you:

  • in cash
  • with a cheque payable to you
  • by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account that's in your name

If you get paid by direct deposit, the bank or credit union must have a branch close to where you usually work, unless you agree to a different bank or credit union.

Even if you get paid in cash, you should still get a pay stub that has all of the required information.

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