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A) Hourly rate

(Chapter 6 of the Decree)

The hourly rate of an employee depends on the type of maintenance work that is done. There are three types of maintenance work: heavy maintenance, light maintenance and high rise cleaning.

Heavy maintenance work of class A includes among other duties, work such as washing walls, windows and ceilings, treating floors and removing waste. (Article 1.01d)

Heavy maintenance work is paid $18.97 per hour as of September 4th, 2020
(The previous hourly rate of class A was $18.52 until September 3rd, 2020)

Light maintenance work of class B includes among other duties, work such as dusting, removing of marks, sweeping, vacuuming and the light maintenance of washrooms. (Article 1.01 e)

Light maintenance work is paid $18.62 per hour as of September 4th, 2020
(The previous hourly rate of Class B was $18.11 until September 3rd, 2020)

Maintenance work of class C includes among other duties, work such as the cleaning of windows and surfaces on a scaffold. (Article 1.01f)

High rise window washing is paid $19.55 per hour as of September 4th, 2020
(The previous hourly rate of Class C was $10.10 until September 3rd, 2020)

The crew leader receives a minimum premium of 2% of the hourly salary corresponding to his class of work. (Article 6.02)

Consult article 6.01 of the Decree to know the salary rates until November 1st, 2024.

Contrary to certain preconceived ideas, a man's work is not necessarily heavy maintenance, and more important a woman's work is not necessarily light maintenance. One must consider the work that is performed.


It is possible that, on the same shift, an employee performs heavy maintenance and light maintenance work. It is then an obligation for the employer to specify the number of hours done in each class of work. You will then be able to pay the employee in accordance with the Decree.

B) Overtime Hours

(Articles 3.01 and 3.02)

After 40 hours of work in a week, the employee is paid at time and a half.

Attention! The hours of a paid holiday are considered worked hours. Do not forget to include them in the workweek to see if the employee works more than the normal week.

It is possible, under certain conditions, to spread out the hours worked by the employee on a basis other than a weekly basis.
Among these conditions:

  • 1. the spreading out of the hours is not to avoid the payment of overtime hours;
  • 2. you must obtain the employee's agreement;
  • 3. the spreading out of the hours worked must be based on a maximum of 4 weeks.
  • 4. you must send a notice to the Parity Committee at least 15 days in advance. (Complete list of conditions at Section 3.01) 


C) Paid hours

(Articles 3.04, 3.05 and 3.06)

 The following hours must be paid at Decree rate when the employee:

  • 1. must stay within the work place until it is unlocked.
  • 2. must travel to perform consecutive maintenance work at the request of the employer
  • 3. is at the workplace waiting for work to be assigned.
  • 4. is working during any trial or training period
  • 5. prepares the material required for the work

D) Breaks

(Article 4.03)

All employees have the right to paid breaks upon certain conditions.

  • 1. a work  period of 7 hours must include two paid 15-minute rests
  • 2. a work period of 3 hours to less than 7 hours must include one paid 15-minute rest
  • 3. for a work period of more than 7 hours, the employee is entitled to one paid 15-minute rest for every 3 hours period exceeding 7 hours.

As the employer, you can determine break periods.

E) Pay

(Chapter 10 of the Decree)

The salary is paid at the most every two weeks. The employee may be paid by cheque or by direct payment.

Do not forget, you must remit a pay slip to each employee. The pay slip must include the following items:

  • 1. The employer's name
  • 2. The employee's name
  • 3. The employee's hiring date
  • 4. The employee's type of work
  • 5. The date of payment
  • 6. The work period corresponding to the payment
  • 7. The normal hours of work
  • 8. The overtime hours
  • 9. The paid holidays and vacations
  • 10. The paid sick leaves
  • 11. The total number of sick leave hours credits
  • 12. The hourly rate
  • 13. The gross wage
  • 14. The deductions
  • 15. The net wage
  • 16. The employer's contribution to the retirement savings plan during the period and the total contribution of the year. (Section 10.02)
  • 17. As the case may be, the employee's volunteer contribution to the group retirement plan that was deducted by the employer during the period and the total contribution during the calendar year.