Are you an independent contractor?

Myth or fact?

If a worker signs something saying they're an independent contractor, they're considered an independent contractor under the law.
  • Myth
  • Fact

An independent contractor is a worker who’s self-employed. Under BC law, they're treated differently than employees. Figuring out which category you fall into is important. The answer affects your legal rights, steps you can take to enforce them, and how you pay income tax. We step you through the factors that go into determining whether you're an independent contractor.

What you should know

Figure out if you’re an independent contractor or employee

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in October 2020
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Richard Johnson, Ascent Employment Law and Trevor Thomas, Ascent Employment Law

Richard Johnson
Trevor Thomas

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