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Want to observe Canada Day on Friday July 2, 2021? Learn how

In 2021, July 1 falls on a Thursday. Many Manitobans look forward to a July long weekend to celebrate Canada Day. You may be able to substitute Friday, July 2 for the July 1 General Holiday by following a few rules.

What do I need to consider?

  • You must have a written agreement about the holiday substitution. For unionized workplaces, the collective agreement may already include the change. Otherwise, you must have signatures from the majority of affected employees.
  • Changing the day you observe Canada Day will affect wages. For example, if Friday, July 2, 2021 becomes your substituted holiday, employees who take July 2 off are paid for that day according to statutory holiday pay rules. When those employees work on July 1, they are paid regular wages for all hours worked that day.

Which set of employment standards applies to my business?

  • Approximately 90% of Manitoba workplaces fall under provincial regulations. Visit Manitoba Employment Standards
  • The other 10% of workplaces – including the grain industry, air transportation, aircraft operations, highway transportation and communications – fall under the Canada Labour Code. Check the list of federally-regulated workplaces
  • FAQs on holiday substitution under each set of standards are noted below.

Still have questions?

CFIB Business Counsellors are available to answer CFIB members’ questions. Contact us at or 1-888-234-2232.

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