Get a Good Start in Life: Rules To Know

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Whether at work, on the road, when shopping or even at home, there are some simple rules that you should know. Knowing these rules could help you exercise your rights or find a way out of a tough situation. Learn the rules and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.


The Rules of the Game . . . With Your Employer

Salary, uniforms, overtime — you don’t have to put up with everything. Your employer has to follow certain minimum rules.

Find out about your rights at work, and some rules about your pay.


. . . With the Police

Sobering up in your car could be a crime, even if the engine isn’t running.

You might not know this, but the police surely do! Don’t spend the night in a police station and end up with a criminal record.

Do you know what your rights are if you’re arrested?


. . . With Your Landlord

If you’re tempted to move into your own apartment, check the rules before you start packing, for example, rules about paying your rent or living in peace with your neighbours. In some cases, you’re allowed to cancel your lease.

Having your own apartment means freedom! But it can also bring problems. 

Noisy neighbours, roommates who don’t pay their share of the rent or even a cockroach invasion! If you’re having trouble with your apartment, the law might just have the perfect solution.


. . . With Your Partner

Love is blind? Well, maybe lovers can’t see, but the law certainly can!

You have to be at least 16 for your consent to sexual activity to be legal. But people younger than 16 can also have sex legally as long as it is with someone close to their own age. Find out what the legal age differences are.


. . .  When You’re Shopping

Whether you’re at the grocery store, at the pharmacy or in a boutique, you have rights just like any other customer.

The item you just bought doesn’t work? There might be a warranty on the item, even if you didn’t buy the warranty the salesperson tried to sell you.   


Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (human rights commission) Do you think you’ve been a victim of discrimination or harassment at work, when looking for an apartment, in a bus or anywhere else? The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (human rights commission) can help you exercise your rights.
Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST)

Your employer isn’t respecting your rights? You can find out and file a complaint at the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST).

Déontologie policière (police ethics)

You think you were unfairly treated by a police officer? You can file a complaint.

Régie du logement (rental board)

You want to contest something your landlord did? You can go to the Régie du logement (rental board).

Office de la protection du consommateur (consumer protection office) Is the customer always right? Maybe not, but customers do have rights. To exercise your rights as a consumer, contact the Office de la protection du consommateur (consumer protection office).

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.