Canadian payroll legislation: statutory holiday pay rates
Sep 23, 2019Resources
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In Canada, employees are entitled to be paid on statutory holidays.
The recognition of the various holidays varies between provinces and the legislation is publicized in the Employment Standards Act of each individual province or territory. For federally regulated businesses, those legislative requirements are publicized in the Canada Labour Code.
Generally speaking, full-time employees are to be paid for all holidays recognized by their jurisdiction, subject to the entitlement rules of that province or territory. In some jurisdictions, a holiday that falls on a 'day of rest' may be moved to the employee's first scheduled working day in observance. Also, in some areas casual or term employees may be required to work the day immediately prior or following the stat holiday in order to be eligible for holiday pay. Regardless of the jurisdiction, as a rule of thumb employees are paid a premium rate for working on a federal or provincial stat holiday. However, like the varying holidays between provinces and territories so are the rate at which the employees are paid for such instances.
An average day's pay, plus 1.5 times the employee's hourly rate for the first 12 hours worked; 2 times the hourly rate after that
|Alberta||1.5 times the employee's hourly rate for hours worked, plus the stat pay entitlement; or their standard wage rate for hours worked, plus a day off with pay at a future rate|
|Saskatchewan||Public holiday pay, plus a premium of 1.5 times their hourly wage for each hour worked|
|Manitoba||1.5 times hourly rate for hours worked, plus their general holiday pay|
|Ontario||1.5 times the employee's hourly rate for hours worked plus public holiday pay; or regular wages for all hours worked plus a substitute day off with public holiday pay|
|Québec||Regular wages for hours worked, plus stat holiday entitlement; or regular rate for hours worked plus an additional day off within three weeks of the holiday|
|New Brunswick||1.5 times the employee's regular wages for hours worked, plus a regular day's pay|
|Nova Scotia||1.5 times the employee's regular rate for the hours worked, plus a regular day's pay|
|PEI||1.5 the employee's regular rate for hours worked, plus a regular day's pay|
|Newfoundland||2 times the employee's regular rate for hours worked; or an additional day off with pay within 30 days; or an additional vacation day|
|Yukon||All hours worked paid at the applicable overtime rate in addition to the employee's general holiday pay; or all hours worked paid at the regular rate, plus an additional day off with pay|
|NWT||1.5 times the employee's regular rate for hours worked, plus an average day's pay; or a day off with pay|
|Nunavut||1.5 times the employee's regular rate for hours worked, plus a normal day's pay; or regular wages plus an additional day off work with pay|
|Federal||1.5 times the employee's regular rate for hours worked, plus the general holiday pay; or the general holiday pay may be substituted for another day off with pay|
Other resources to consult regarding statutory holiday pay for federally regulated businesses include the Canada Labour Code website. Links to relevant provincial websites, which includes information on general holiday pay by province or territory, can also be found by visiting Payworks Resource section on payworks.ca.