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General Holidays in Alberta

Your employees are asking for their stat holiday pay — but are they eligible? The Alberta Employment Standards Code lists nine official general holidays, also known as statutory holidays.

The requirement to have worked for 30 days in the 12 months before the holiday has been removed and the distinction between regular and non-regular days of work has been eliminated.

Most employees, full-time and part-time, are entitled to paid general holidays immediately after starting their employment.

General holidayDefinition of holiday20182019

New Year’s Day

January 1January 1January 1

Alberta Family Day

Third Monday in FebruaryFebruary 19February 18

Good Friday

Friday before EasterMarch 30April 19

Victoria Day

Monday before May 25May 21May 20

Canada Day

July 1, except when it falls on a Sunday, then it is July 2July 2July 1

Labour Day

First Monday in SeptemberSeptember 3September 2

Thanksgiving Day

Second Monday in OctoberOctober 8October 14

Remembrance Day

November 11November 11 - falls on Sunday, paid as Sunday.  No day in lieu requiredNovember 11

Christmas Day

December 25December 25December 25

Optional general holidays

If an employer agrees to designate additional general holidays for their employees, all employment standards rules related to general holiday pay still apply for these additional holidays. Employees should confirm this and any pay entitlements with their employer.

Optional general holidays in Alberta include:

Optional holidayDefinition of holiday20182019
Easter MondayFirst Monday following Easter

April 2

April 22

Heritage Day

First Monday in AugustAugust 6August 5

Boxing Day

December 26December 26December 26

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on the general holiday, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on the general holiday, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, OR
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage