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Everything you need to know about Statutory Holidays

The ten statutory holidayin British Columbia are:

  • New Years Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • B.C. Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day

 

Eligibility:

To be eligible for statutory holiday pay an employee must have:

  • been employed for 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday; and
  • worked or earned wages on 15 of the 30 days before the statutory holiday.

Employees who work under an averaging agreement or a variance at any time in the 30 days before the holiday do not have to meet the 15-day requirement.

 

Wages:

Eligible employee not working on the statutory holiday - When an employee is given a day off on a statutory holiday, or it falls on a regular day off, they are entitled to be paid an average day's pay.

Eligible employee working on the statutory holiday - When an employee works on a statutory holiday, they are entitled to be paid time-and-a-half for the first 12 hours worked and double-time for any work over 12 hours plus an average day's pay.

Ineligible employee not working on the statutory holiday - An employee who is not eligible for statutory holiday pay is not entitled to be paid an average day's pay.

Ineligible employee working on the statutory holiday - An ineligible employee who works on a statutory holiday may be paid as if it were a regular work day.

 

For more details on these regulations and information on how to calculate an average days pay, give us a call or visit the Employment Standards Branch Factsheet on Statutory Holidays.