Do I have Remembrance Day off work?

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That's a great question! 

Whether or not businesses are closed for Remembrance Day in Canada, depends on the province in which the business is located. As such, not all employees are entitled to the same days off work. Remembrance Day is a public holiday, which means in some areas of the country it is a day off, where schools and most businesses are closed. However, because it's not a general holiday it can be a typical working day in some provinces. Essentially, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in every province and territory except in Manitoba, Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia.

If you're wondering what the legislation for Remembrance Day is in your jurisdiction, Payworks has broken the statutory holiday legislation down by province and territory below: 

Federal 

In the Canada Labour Code, Remembrance Day is recognized as a general holiday. That means federally regulated businesses like banks and mail delivery services are not operational on November 11. When Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, employees of federally regulated businesses receive the following business day (Monday) or a day mutually agreed upon by the employee and employer off in lieu. 

Alberta

In Alberta, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday. Qualifying employees in Alberta receive the day off with general holiday pay if it's a regular working day. If the holiday falls on a non-regular day of work and an employee doesn't work on Remembrance Day, they are not entitled to general holiday pay.

British Columbia

Remembrance Day is one of the 10 statutory holidays in British Columbia. Qualifying employees in BC receive the day off with holiday pay if it's a regular working day. Employers and employees may agree (in writing) to substitute another day for Remembrance Day, and the substitute day must be treated the same as the statutory holiday.

Manitoba 

Manitoba has separate legislation for Remembrance Day, called the Remembrance Day Act. This legislation prohibits businesses that engage in industry from operating on November 11, and prohibits most retail businesses from operating between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Whether or not retail businesses close for the entire day is at the employers' discretion. While it's common practice for employers to pay employees who do not work on Remembrance Day, in Manitoba it's not a requirement. In addition, an employer cannot substitute another day off in lieu if November 11 falls on a day when the employee would not normally work, like a Saturday or a Sunday. 

New Brunswick

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in New Brunswick. Qualifying employees receive the day off with holiday pay if it's a regular working day. If the business is operational Monday through Friday and November 11 lands on a Saturday or Sunday, employees of those businesses receive the following business day (Monday), or a day mutually agreed upon by the employee and employer, off in lieu. 

Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador, Remembrance Day is a paid public holiday. If the business is operational Monday through Friday and November 11 lands on a Saturday or Sunday, qualifying employees of those businesses receive the following business day (Monday) off in lieu, or a day mutually agreed upon by the employee and employer. 

Northwest Territories

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories. Qualifying employees receive the day off with holiday pay if it's a regular working day. As an alternative the employer may transfer the holiday to another day, giving the employee a day off with pay. 

Nova Scotia

The Province of Nova Scotia has separate legislation for Remembrance Day, called the Remembrance Day Act. The Act prohibits many businesses from operating on Remembrance Day and there are guidelines regarding holiday pay for employees who work on November 11. Under the Act, most grocery stores, box stores, and retail malls must close. If November 11 lands on a Saturday or Sunday, government employees, bank employees and students may receive the following Monday off in lieu. 

Nunavut 

Remembrance Day is a general holiday in Nunavut. Qualifying employees receive the day off with holiday pay if it's a regular working day. Upon a mutual agreement between the employer and the employee, another day may be substituted for the general holiday. 

Ontario

Under the Employment Standards Act, employers in Ontario are not required to give their employees a day off for Remembrance Day. However, some employers elect to give their employees a holiday on November 11. Whether or not businesses close is completely at the employers' discretion. 

Prince Edward Island

Remembrance Day is a paid holiday in Prince Edward Island. Qualifying employees receive the day off with holiday pay if it's a regular working day. When November 11 falls on a day that is a non-working day for the employee, the employer must grant the employee a holiday with pay on either a working day immediately following the paid holiday, or the day immediately following the employee's vacation. 

Québec

Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Quebec. Whether or not businesses close is completely at the employers' discretion. 

Saskatchewan

In Saskatchewan, Remembrance Day is a public holiday and qualifying employees receive the day off with holiday pay. If the business is normally open on a Sunday, Remembrance Day is observed on that day. If the business is normally closed on that day, then Remembrance Day is observed on the Monday. 

Yukon 

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in the Yukon. Qualifying employees receive the day off with holiday pay if it falls on a regular working day. If Remembrance Day falls on the employee's day off, the first working day immediately following the holiday is when it's observed. 

For more Canadian payroll legislation information, visit Payworks' resource section by clicking here.  

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