All you need to know about General Holidays in Manitoba

Which set of employment standards applies to my business?

Approximately 90% of Manitoba workplaces fall under the Manitoba Employment Standards Code, which provides 8 General Holidays each year.

The other 10% of workplaces – from the grain industry, air transportation, aircraft operations, highway transportation, communications – follow the Canada Labour Code. If your company is on the list of federally-regulated workplaces, read about the 9 General Holidays for your workplace.

What are the statutory holidays under the Manitoba Employment Standards Code?

There are 8 General Holidays, including

  • New Year's Day
  • Louis Riel Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Easter Sunday, Terry Fox Day and Boxing Day are not General Holidays. Employees who do not work on these days do not have to be paid. Employers have the discretion to treat these days as General Holidays.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30, is a statutory holiday for employees in federally regulated workplaces. The day is not a General Holiday in Manitoba for workplaces that fall under the Manitoba Employment Standards Code.

General Holiday pay is 5% of total wages (not including overtime) in the four weeks before the holiday. All employees receive General Holiday pay unless the are scheduled to work on the holiday but are absent without the employer's permission, or they are absent without the employer's permission from their last scheduled day before or first scheduled day after the holiday.

In most cases, employees who work on a General Holiday receive General Holiday pay plus 1.5 times times their wages for the hours worked. However, workers in a gas station, hotel, restaurant, place of amusement, continuously operating business, climate-controlled agricultural business, or a seasonal industry receive regular wages for working a General Holiday if they receive another day off with General Holiday pay in the next 30 days.

Read the General Holiday fact sheet.

Still have questions?

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