Do you know what to pay your employees for Thanksgiving?

For many provinces and territories, Thanksgiving Day is one of the statutory paid holidays and retail closing days. The exceptions are New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and PEI. In those provinces, the day is a holiday under retail shopping laws.

What do I pay my employees?
Typically, employees outside of their provincial employment standards probationary period are paid a regular day’s wage for a statutory holiday.  

Employees who work on a statutory holiday must receive their regular day’s pay plus 1.5 times their regular day’s pay for any hours worked on the holiday. There may be exceptions. Please see your provincial or territorial ministry of labour or call a CFIB Business Counsellor for clarification.

Please note: There are different regulations for the Thanksgiving holiday in the province of Quebec. For more details, please see our webpost How do I pay my staff for paid statutory holidays?

CFIB’s Business Counsellors are available to answer your questions. Contact us at or by calling 1-888-234-2232.

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