Domestic workers are people who, in exchange for remuneration, undertake to carry out tasks for an individual, such as:
- household chores or maintenance tasks
- babysitting or taking care of a person or animal
- any other domestic tasks at the individual’s home
- acting as a chauffeur or bodyguard
- any other tasks strictly related to the individual’s private affairs
As is the case for all workers, it is recommended that the working conditions be clearly established at the time of hiring. These conditions can be established in an employment contract.
- Specific conditions
Domestic worker living with the employer
The employer cannot demand payment for the room and board of domestic workers who live with them and take their meals at the employer's home.
Certain specific conditions apply to personal caregivers.
Coverage in the event of a work accident or occupational disease
- 420 hours over a period of 1 year (12 months)
- 30 hours a week over a period of 7 consecutive weeks
An individual who employs a domestic worker who is automatically covered must register as an employer with the CNESST.
A domestic worker who is not eligible for automatic coverage may request personal protection (in French only) at their own expense.
Complaints and recourses
A domestic worker who believes that their labour rights have not been respected can file a complaint with the CNESST.