Finding a job and working in Canada

Chapter 11: Statutory holidays

Published: 24-02-2020



Statutory holidays

In Canada, a few holidays are acknowledged nationwide, but not all are officially recognized and observed in all provinces and territories.

The five nationwide statutory holidays
Date Holiday
January 1 New Year’s Eve
Two days before Easter Sunday Good Friday
July 1 Canada Day
First Monday of September Labour Day
December 25 Christmas

The chart below displays a list of national and provincial stat holidays observed in Canada.
A national statutory holiday is basically a paid day off. To be eligible for statutory holiday pay, generally, the employee must have been employed for a certain number of days before the statutory holiday and have worked a certain number of days immediately before the statutory holiday.

Employees who are required to work on a general holiday are paid, in addition to the holiday pay for that day, at a rate equal to at least one and one-half times their regular rate of wages for the time worked on that day.

Managers and professionals required to work the general holiday receive their normal rate of pay but must be given a holiday with pay at another time.

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