Canada employment contract agreement template

Free Canada Employment Contract Agreement Template

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Employment Contract Agreement

This Canadian Employment Contract Agreement template is a contractual agreement between your company and an employee that establishes the terms and conditions of employment. 

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The Employment Contract Agreement template has been updated to incorporate language changes resulting from several important court cases where language in termination clauses was challenged by the employee and the court found in their favour.  Namely: 

The employment Contract Agreement template is an important document in your HR toolkit. The Agreement captures essential clauses that must be in all employment contracts that adhere to best practices such as vacation entitlement, termination obligations for both employee and employer, employee’s job description and employee’s acknowledgement of the Company’s Staff Policies.

When do you prepare an Employment Contract Agreement? If you are using ConnectsUs HR Kits & Templates, HR will prepare the Contract Agreement after completion of the Employment Offer Form. The Employment Offer form is an internal template that HR sends out to hiring managers and other stakeholders to complete after a suitable candidate has been identified. The Offer Form contains information such as reporting structure, incumbent legal name, position title,  salary and most importantly, approvals from the management on the offer. This process helps HR produce an error-free Employment Contract in a breeze and provides HR with peace of mind knowing that the offer has been approved by the management.

You will reap the benefits of having a well-written Employment Contract Agreement in place when a conflict arises. It takes the guesswork out of verbal promises made when the employee first joined the company which could have been years ago. In such a situation, just pull out the contract and look for the relevant clause! It’s that easy! The Contract Agreement also helps to protect your company from potential lawsuits as the employment terms and conditions have been clearly spelt out.  One of HR’s most important role is to help the company reduce legal liabilities and the Employment Contract Agreement template is your first step in the right direction!



How the Employment Contract Agreement is used?

As soon as the Employment Offer document is completed, signed off and returned to HR, prepare the Employment Contract Agreement using information in the Offer document. 

Once this Employment Contract Agreement template has been modified for your company:

  • Review all edits to ensure legal compliance.
  • Ensure the Contract Agreement is signed by a company representative who has signing authority on behalf of the company.
  • If sending the Contract Agreement to the employee by email, always send a pdf or jpeg copy. Avoid sending the contract in Word document as changes can be made and previous amendments can be tracked.  
  • Human Resources to present the Contract Agreement to the employee to review the terms and conditions of the offer before the employee joins the company.
  • The Contract must be signed before the employee's first day at work.

Why use an Employment Contract Agreement?

Clearly articulating employment terms and conditions, and requesting confirmation that the employee understands and signs off on them:

  • Acts as a 'pre-nup' in the employee-employer relationship to outline what's expected from each party during the employment relationship and what will happen once you part ways.  It's an agreed-upon set of rules that's established when both parties are on good terms and in the honeymoon phase. 
  • Ensures that an employee knows what they can expect from your company.
  • Ensures that the employee's terms & conditions are in writing so there are no misunderstandings.  The agreement clearly indicates that any oral promises or previous arrangements are nul and void once the employee signs the contract.
  • Years, even weeks down the road, the parties often forget what they agreed upon and having your terms in writing is critical. 
  • Employees are much more likely to respect your house rules when they've signed an employment agreement.
  • Helps to ensure protection of your company. If an employee situation ends in litigation, you'll have a much better chance in court if you have your terms and conditions clearly laid out. 
  • Helps to protect your company against the NOTMICS
  • If used in conjunction with and if you include and attach your employee handbook as an addendum, you'll be clearly articulating conduct policies and expectations before the employee is hired that provides another layer of protection for your company.  See how all 3 documents fit together

What you risk by not using an Employment Contract Agreement?

If you don't use employment agreements when employees are hired:

  • You are at the mercy of common law which highly favors the employee. For example, if you don't have a termination clause, your liability for terminating an employee may be very high when compared to a contained liability if it's pre-determined in the employment agreement.
  • Consequences for misconduct are not clearly articulated.  
  • If your rules and do's and don't's are not clearly laid out, you can't expect that employees will 'just know' as the courts will often conclude.  
  • Your company confidential information is at risk. 
  • You may be liable for overtime pay. 
  • Without a contract, the employee may claim that you promised them a bonus or other compensation. 

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Contracts & Agreement Templates in this Kit

The template referenced on this page can be used on its own as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with other HR templates in the Contracts & Agreement Kit that includes the following documents:

Template Description

Offer Form Template

This form template ensures that all information about a candidate and position is collected and summarized, so that HR has the information they need to process an employment or independent contractor agreement.

Employment Contract Agreement Template

A contractual agreement template between the company and the employee that establishes the terms and conditions of employment.

Independent Contractor Agreement Template

This agreement template is intended to be used to clearly articulate and establish the terms and conditions of a contract between your company and an independent contractor.

Overtime Averaging Agreement Template

A contractual agreement between an employee and your company allows you to bypass overtime rates by averaging the employee’s hours of work over a period of 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks. 

Employee Handbook Acknowledgment Agreement Template

This is a contract agreement that is signed by Staff, in the presence of a witness, to acknowledge that they've read, understood, and will adhere to the Staff Policies section in your Employee Handbook.

Front Desk Service Agreement Template

An agreement used to obtain signed confirmation from front line and reception staff to acknowledge their understanding of company protocols and expected service levels. 

Involuntary Termination Authorization Form Template

This document is a template spreadsheet that will help your company calculate the costs associated with terminating an employee, and to obtain authorization to terminate. 

Involuntary Termination Letter Options & Release Form

A document that provides 6 different involuntary termination (firing) letter options between the company and the employee as well as a Release form that together outline the contractual agreement that establishes the terms and conditions of termination. 
Non-Disclosure Agreement for Exploratory Discussions Template This template agreement is intended to be used to protect the interests of your company in situations where company-confidential information may be shared during exploratory discussions with prospective candidates.
Reference Check Request & Consent Template This document is a template for an email script used to obtain reference provider names and written consent from candidates to conduct reference checks.
Training Reimbursement Agreement Template A template for a contractual Agreement between your company and an employee embarking on a training initiative that exceeds a company-determined cost ceiling, where your company is expecting the training expenses to be reimbursed by the employee in certain scenarios.
Delegate Confidentiality Agreement Template This document contains instructions and a script for a conduct agreement between a manager and administrative-level staff. The script can be used when a manager needs to delegate work that may require access to sensitive or confidential information.
Hybrid and Remote Work Policy & Agreement Template A template for a contractual Agreement that is used to set expectations and guidelines for remote employees who work outside the company office to create a mutually beneficial situation for both the company and the teleworker. 

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