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Standard work week

The standard work week is used to determine at what point workers begin to do overtime.  

The standard work week is 40 hours for most workers. This means that someone who worked 45 hours in a week did 5 hours of overtime. 

The standard work week is not a time limit after which someone may refuse to work.

Special conditions

A standard work week is not 40 hours for the following workers

Types of workers Number of hours
Security guards who guard a property on behalf of a security firm 44 hours
Workers who work in a logging operation or a sawmill 47 hours
Workers who work in a remote area or in the James Bay territory 55 hours
Security guards who do not work for a security firm 60 hours

Remote area

A remote area is a location that cannot be accessed by road and is not connected to Québec’s road network by any regular transport system.

Worker in the James Bay territory

People who carry out work in the James Bay territory under the responsibility of Hydro-Québec, the Société d’énergie de la Baie James or the Société de développement de la Baie James.

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