Do Remembrance Day rules impact your wages and hours of operation?

For many provinces and territories, November 11 is a statutory paid holiday and retail closing day. The exceptions are Ontario and Quebec. Some jurisdictions like Manitoba and Nova Scotia have a special set of rules outlining wages and hours of operation.

What do I pay my employees?

Typically, employees who meet the eligibility criteria laid out by the province or territory are paid a regular day’s wage for a statutory holiday – this is the holiday pay.  

In most jurisdictions, when an employee works on a statutory holiday, you must give them their regular day’s pay (holiday pay) plus 1.5 times their regular wage for any hours worked on the holiday, but there are exceptions. 

Do I close Saturday or Monday?

If a business is normally open on a Saturday, then it would be closed on Saturday, November 11. If a business is normally closed on a Saturday, then you need to give employees another day off with pay. However, please note that every jurisdiction has different legislation regarding shop closing days.

Please see your provincial or territorial ministry of labour or call a CFIB Business Counsellor for clarification. CFIB’s Business Counsellors are available to answer your questions. Contact us at cfib@cfib.ca or by calling 1-888-234-2232.

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