Breaks (Meal and Rest)

Do I get paid for my meal breaks?

You are entitled to a one half-hour unpaid break every five consecutive hours. The half-hour break cannot unreasonably be denied.  In certain circumstances where employees do not get the full half-hour break at one time, the employer must pay for the half hour.

An employee must be paid for their half-hour break if he/she is required to remain on the premises during their break.

Do I get a rest period?

Every employee is entitled to a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours in every seven-day period and whenever possible the rest period shall include Sunday.

For further information see section16 of the Employment Standards Act.

Who can I contact for more information?

Hazel Walsh-Scott (Office Coordinator)
Sherwood Business Centre
161 St. Peters Road, 2nd Floor 
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-5550
Toll Free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: (902) 368-5476


This information is meant to serve as a guide only.  The reader is strongly advised to consult the Employment Standards Act to view the legislation.  Where any difference exists between this information and the Act, the Act will be considered correct.
Published date: 
June 6, 2024
Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population

General Inquiries

Labour and Industrial Relations
161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-368-5550
Toll-free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: 902-368-5476