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The province of Ontario has nine public holidays that most employees are entitled to:
How does an employee qualify for Public Holiday Pay?
To collect public holiday pay, employees must have worked the last regularly scheduled day/shift before the holiday and the first regularly scheduled day/shift after the holiday.
What is the public holiday formula?
On May 7, 2018, the Ontario government announced that they would be reverting to the "old" statutory holiday pay formula effective July 1, 2018.
What if I require my employee to work on a holiday?
Your employee can agree electronically or in writing to work on the holiday and be paid:
What if my employee does not work on a day a public holiday falls on?
A public holiday may fall on a day your employee is not scheduled to work, these holidays must be given on a substitute week day.
Your employee is entitled to:
Is my employee entitled to Public Holiday Pay if my employee is off for an entire pay period due to Personal Emergency Leave or Vacation time?
If your employee did not work during the previous pay period due to a Personal Emergency Leave or vacation prior to the Public Holiday, go back to the wages earned in the last pay period that they did work.
The Ministry of Labour offers a public holiday pay calculator for your convenience
Am I required to close my business for Civic Day/Simcoe Day?
Civic Day/Simcoe Day- (first Monday in August) is not a Public Holiday under Employment Standards legislation or under the Business Retail Holidays Act; but Canada Post, libraries, government ministries and some businesses do close on that day.
Other useful information: