I am interested in the province British Columbia, in Canada. Is it legal to work a job that pays only based on commission and has no base pay? I heard not as per something in here but am unclear if it matters if it's contract work... http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/00_96113_01

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If you are an employee, yes provided that you are paid at least the minimum wage for the hours worked. A contract for Y% commission but not less that $X per hour (where $X is the minimum hourly rate) would be fine.

If you are an independent contractor, yes. However, ...

You are not an independent contractor just because you say you are!!!!!

If the nature of the relationship is overall an employee-employer one then you are an employee irrespective of if you or your employer calls you an independent contractor. See here, indeed, the second example of "not a contractor" is a sales rep.

  • Why do you answer yes and then say you must be paid minimum wage?
    – TwoTwins
    Apr 11, 2017 at 22:45
  • @TwoTwins for the reasons explained- the commission must be more than you would earn on the minimum hourly rate, if so, it is fine that the basis is a commission
    – Dale M
    Apr 11, 2017 at 22:54

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