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What you need to know about Public Holidays in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has ten Public Holidays. For 2018 they will be observed on:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st)
  • Family Day (February 19th)
  • Good Friday (March 30th)
  • Victoria Day (May 21st)
  • Canada Day* (July 2nd)
  • Saskatchewan Day (August 6th)
  • Labour Day (September 3rd)
  • Thanksgiving Day (October 8th)
  • Remembrance Day* (November 12th)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

  *When July 1 falls on a Sunday: When July 1 is a Sunday, July 2 is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada under the name of "Canada Day". 

*Remembrance Day: If your establishment is normally open on a Sunday, Remembrance Day is observed on Sunday, November 11. If your establishment is normally closed on Sunday, Remembrance Day is observed on Monday, November 12.

How is Public Holiday pay calculated?

Employees earn public holiday pay equal to five per cent of their wages earned in the four weeks (28 days) before the public holiday. Employees earn this pay whether or not they work on the public (statutory holiday). Public holiday pay is to be paid out in the pay period the holiday occurs in.
Some employees may be required to work on a public holiday.

Employees, who work on a public holiday, are entitled to both public holiday pay and a premium pay of 1.5 times their hourly wage for each hour worked. Premium pay is paid on top of the employee’s public holiday pay for that day.

Minimum call-out rules on Public Holidays.

Regular minimum call-out rules apply. If an employer schedules an employee to work on a public holiday, the employee will receive premium pay, at 1.5 times their hourly wage, for all hours worked. However, if the amount of the premium pay for the hours worked is less than what the employee would have received for minimum call-out pay, the employee will be paid for three hours of work at their hourly wage. The employee scheduled to work on a public holiday is paid the greater amount of premium pay or minimum call-out pay. To be eligible for Public holiday pay the employee must work at least one day prior to the holiday.

When there is a public holiday, overtime is payable to eligible employees after 32 hours. Employers are also required to have an employee’s consent to schedule them to work or be available for more than 36 hours in that week.

What happens when a Public holiday falls on a Sunday:

Some years, a public holiday may fall on a Saturday or Sunday. For example Canada Day falls on a Sunday in 2018. If your establishment is normally open on a Sunday, Canada Day is observed on Sunday, July 1, 2018. If your establishment is normally closed on Sunday, Canada Day is observed on Monday, July 2, 2018.

 Permit required to move a Public Holiday day:

In Saskatchewan if a private sector employee wants to observe a public holiday on a different day, their employer must complete a Move a Public Holiday Permit Application Form and submit it to the Director of Employment Standards for approval. A majority of employees must also agree for the public holiday to be observed on another day. Please submit your application 2 weeks prior to the Public Holiday to allow for processing time.

Still have questions? Contact a CFIB Business Counsellor.