You must be paid at least the minimum wage for every hour you work, even if you’re working for cash, and regardless of your immigration status. This includes being paid for any time you work for set up or take down, and during any “training” or probation periods. The minimum wage varies by province.
On January 1, 2022, the minimum wage went up to $15.00 in Ontario. Check your paystubs to make sure you’re paid the right wages! For other provinces, and more information, see here: https://migrantworkersalliance.org/min-wage-on/.
We know that the minimum wage is not a livable wage, especially when many of us have to pay for high tuition, pay bills and take care of our families. Employers often take advantage of our temporary status as migrant student workers and pay us below minimum wage. You have labour rights! If you’re not being paid properly or respected at work, contact us.