A second factor that comes into play is your employment contract. It’ll typically set out how you’ll be paid, and on what terms.
(Note there’s always an employment contract between a worker and an employer, even if nothing is in writing.)
Your contract rights may be greater than the protections in employment standards law. But — if employment standards law applies to you — your contract rights cannot be less than the minimum standards the law sets. If they are, you’re still entitled to the minimum protections of the law.
If you’re covered by BC’s employment standards law, your employer must pay you at least semi-monthly (twice per month). Everything you earn in a pay period must be paid within eight days of the end of the pay period.
If you’re fired from your job, your employer must pay you within 48 hours of your last day at work. If you quit, they have six days to pay.