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Am I entitled to AWS and how is it calculated?

Annual Wage Supplement (AWS), or “13th month payment”, is a variable payment agreed between employees and employers, according to the terms of the:

  • Employment contract
  • Company's employment handbook
  • Collective agreement (if the company is unionised)

Progressive employers provide AWS to reward employees based on the company's financial performance for the year. Providing a bonus to employees can boost morale, increasing productivity and loyalty.

AWS is not required by law. Your entitlement to AWS and how it is calculated, including pro-ration, would depend on the terms of your contract with your company.