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Industries and Jobs with Exemptions or Special Rules

  • Content last reviewed: October 2011
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Student Employees Generally This is about employees who are also students at a primary or secondary school or a post-secondary educational institution.
Student Employee at Children's Camp This applies to students employed at a camp for children. It applies regardless of their age and regardless of when they work or the number of hours they work. However, they must be in full-time attendance at a primary or secondary school or a post-secondary educational institution (except when on holiday).
Student Employee Providing Instruction or Supervision of Children This applies to students employed to instruct or supervise children. It applies regardless of their age and regardless of when they work or the number of hours they work. However, they must be in full-time attendance at a primary or secondary school or a post-secondary educational institution (except when on holiday).
Student Employee in Recreational Program Operated by a Charity This applies to students who are employed in recreational programs operated by charitable organizations registered under the federal Income Tax Act and whose work or duties are directly connected with the program. It applies regardless of their age and regardless of when they work or the number of hours they work. However, they must be in full-time attendance at a primary or secondary school or a post-secondary educational institution (except when on holiday).
Continuous Operation Employees (Other than Retail Store Employees) This applies to employees employed in non-retail "continuous operations". A continuous operation is a business or a part of a business that continues in operation 24 hours a day and either never shuts down or shuts down no more than once a week.

Note: Some of the rules for employees employed in retail stores that are continuous operations are different from the rules that apply to employees in non-retail continuous operations. Please refer to the Retail Employees section of the tool.

Embalmers and Funeral Directors This applies to employees employed as embalmers or funeral directors
Film and Television Industry This applies to employees employed in the industry of producing visual or audio-visual recorded entertainment that is to be replayed in cinemas or on the internet, television or a VCR or DVD player.

Note: This does not apply to employees employed in the industry of producing commercials (other than trailers), video games or educational material.

Homeworkers This applies to employees who perform work for compensation in their own homes.

Note: The special rule that applies to persons employed as homeworkers also applies to dependent contractors who perform work for compensation in their own homes.

Live Performances, Trade shows and Conventions This applies to employees in the industry of producing live performances, trade shows and conventions who provide technical and production support.
Retail Business Employees This applies to employees working in retail businesses.
Temporary Help Agency Assignment Employees This applies to assignment employees of temporary help agencies—that is, employees employed by an agency so that they can be given temporary assignments with agency clients.

Note:

  1. This does not apply to temporary help agency employees who are not assignment employees. No exemptions or special rules apply to such employees solely because their employer is a temporary help agency.
  2. This does not apply to assignment employees providing homecare services if the assignment is made under a contract they or their employer have with a community care access corporation.


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