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Statutory Holidays

What are the statutory holidays in Prince Edward Island?

The statutory holidays in Prince Edwards Island are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day (as of 2004) and Christmas Day.

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for holiday pay?

Employees are not entitled to a paid holiday if they (a) have been employed for less than 30 days; (b) fail to work, without just cause or the employer’s permission, on the regular work day immediately preceding or following the holiday; (c) fail to report for or perform work on the holiday, without reasonable cause, after having agreed to do so; (d) are employed under an arrangement whereby they may elect to work or not when requested to do so; or (e) have not earned wages on at least 15 of the last 30 calendar days preceding the holiday.

Are there exceptions to the eligibility requirements?

The Act does not apply to salespersons whose income is derived primarily from commissions, farm labourers (unless working in commercial undertakings). Employees covered by a collective agreement are exempted from the holiday provisions of the Act.

How much should I get paid if I work on a statutory holiday?

The employer must pay the employee (a) at least 1½ times the employee’s regular rate of wages for the time worked on the holiday, in addition to a day’s pay; or (b) the regular rate of wages for time worked on that day and provide another day off with pay, on a date mutually agreed upon, before the employee’s next annual vacation.

How much should I get paid if I don’t work on a statutory holiday?

Employees who qualify for holiday pay are entitled to the following:

(a) Employees whose wages are calculated on a weekly or monthly basis – regular wages without reduction for the period in which a holiday occurs.

(b) Employees whose wages are calculated on a daily or hourly basis – at least regular rate of wages for normal hours of work.

(c) Employees whose wages are calculated on another basis – at least regular rate of wages for a normal working day. An inspector may calculate the regular rate of wages due to an employee.

What if a statutory holiday falls on a non-working day?

If a holiday falls on a non-working day, the employer must grant the employee a day off with pay on the next working day after the holiday, on the first day after the employee’s vacation or on another day before then mutually agreed upon.

If a holiday occurs during an employee’s vacation, the period of vacation is extended by one working day.

Which legislation establishes statutory holidays in my jurisdiction?

The Employment Standards Act; and the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA) and Exemption Regulations.

How do I make a complaint about my work situation?

Learn more about making a complaint in your jurisdiction

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