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Statutory Holidays

What are the statutory holidays in British Columbia?

The statutory holidays are:

New Year's Day (January 1st)
Good Friday (April 2, 2010)
Victoria Day (May 24 2010)
Canada Day (July 1st - if July 1st falls on a Sunday, July 2nd replaces it as the statutory holiday)
British Columbia Day (1st Monday in August)
Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
Thanksgiving Day (October 11, 2010)
Remembrance Day (November 11th)
Christmas Day (December 25th)

Please note: Easter Sunday/Monday are not holidays in BC.

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for holiday pay?

Length of service – To qualify for paid statutory holidays, employees must have been employed for 30 calendar days prior to the statutory holiday and have worked or earned income on 15 of the previous 30 days. Employees who work under an averaging agreement do not have to meet the 15-day requirement.

Are there exceptions to the eligibility requirements?

Specific regulations exclude certain groups such as managers, agriculture workers, fishers, some commission salespersons, and high technology professionals from the statutory holiday provisions.

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

Eligible employees are entitled to 1½ times their regular wage for the first 12 hours of work and twice their regular wage for each hour thereafter, plus an additional day's pay. 

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

An employee is paid an average day's pay even if the employee doesn't work on a statutory holiday.  An average day’s pay is calculated by dividing “total wages” earned in the 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday by the number of days worked. “Total wages” includes wages, commissions, statutory holiday pay and vacation pay but does not include overtime pay. Vacation days taken during this period count as days worked.

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

If a holiday falls on a non-working day, an employee is entitled to an average day's pay (see above).

How much am I paid for working a statutory holiday if I am an ineligible employee?

An ineligible employee works on a statutory holiday is paid as if it were a regular work day.

Can a statutory holiday be substituted for a day-off on another day of the year?

A holiday may be substituted for another day off if the substitution is agreed to in a collective agreement or if the employer and employee or employees agree to it.

What if I'm a unionized employee?

The holiday provisions of a collective agreement prevail if they meet or exceed the requirements of the Act. Otherwise, the terms of the Act are deemed to be incorporated in the collective agreement. Any disputes must nevertheless still be resolved through the collective agreement's grievance procedure.

What if I work in the Silviculture industry?

Silviculture workers working on a statutory holiday are paid at their regular rate.  In lieu of statutory holiday pay, an employer must add 3.6% of gross earnings for the pay period to every pay cheque.  For more information, please visit the Silviculture Workers Factsheet.

For more information, please visit the Statutory Holidays in British Columbia Factsheet

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