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Statutory Holidays

What are the statutory holidays in Québec?

The statutory holidays in Québec are:

  • January 1st (New Year’s Day)
  • Good Friday or Easter Monday at the employer’s choice
  • The Monday preceding May 25th (National Patriots’ Day)
  • June 24th (National Holiday)
  • July 1st. If this date falls on a Sunday: July 2nd
  • The 1st Monday in September (Labour Day)
  • The 2nd Monday in October (Thanksgiving)
  • December 25th (Christmas Day)

Employees of the clothing industry (those working at clothing stores are not eligible) are also entitled to the following statutory holidays:

  • January 2nd
  • Good Friday and Easter Monday

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for holiday pay?

The majority of Quebec employees are entitled to holiday pay.  To be entitled to a statutory general holiday, employees must not be absent from work without the employer’s authorization or valid cause on the day preceding or following the holiday.

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

The employer must pay an employee the wages for the work done and also provide either (a) holiday pay or (b) a compensatory holiday of one day, to be taken within 3 weeks before or after the holiday, unless a collective agreement or decree provides for a longer period.

If June 24th (National Holiday) falls on a Sunday:

  • This same day is a day off with pay for an employee who ordinarily works on Sunday
  • June 25th becomes a day off with pay for an employee who does not ordinarily work on Sunday.

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

If the holiday falls on a normal work day, the employee is entitled to the average daily wages for the complete pay period preceding the holiday (excluding overtime).

Special conditions – remuneration by commission – Employees paid mainly by commission are entitled to their average daily wages, calculated from all the complete pay periods in the preceding three months.

What if a statutory holiday falls on my normal payday?

If the usual pay day falls on a statutory general holiday, employees are entitled to receive their wages on the preceding working day.

What if a statutory holiday falls during my annual vacation?

When a general statutory holiday occurs while an employee is on annual vacation, he or she must be provided (a) holiday pay or (b) a compensatory holiday of one day on a date mutually agreed upon by the employer and employee or fixed by a collective agreement or a decree.

What if I’m a unionized employee covered by a collective agreement?

The general holiday provisions of the Act respecting labour standards do not apply to employees covered by a collective agreement or a decree who are entitled to at least the same number of paid holidays, in addition to the National Holiday, as are provided in the legislation. The same applies to other employees in the same establishment who are entitled to a number of days off with pay, in addition to the National Holiday, at least equal to what is provided in the collective agreement or decree.

Which legislation establishes statutory holidays in my jurisdiction?

For more information, please see the Quebec Statutory Holiday Factsheet.

How do I make a complaint about my work situation?

Learn more about making a complaint in your jurisdiction

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