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Paying employees for 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.

  • An employee is entitled to general holiday pay if they have worked for the same employer for at least 30 workdays in the 12 months prior to the holiday.
  • Most employees are entitled to general holidays and receive general holiday pay if one of the following applies to them:
    • a general holiday is a regular day of work, or
    • they have worked on a general holiday that is not a regular day of work

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:

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
  • have worked for the same employer for at least 30 workdays in the 12 months prior to the holiday

Holiday pay rate

Regular day of work

If the holiday falls on a regular day of work and an employee doesn't work 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 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

Non-regular day of work

If the holiday falls on a non-regular day of work and an employee doesn’t work the general holiday, they are not entitled to general holiday pay.

If an employee works the general holiday, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day.