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Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday in 2018. How will this affect your Manitoba business?

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While Remembrance Day is not one of Manitoba’s General Holidays, the Employment Standards Code includes specific rules for businesses on November 11.  Here are the details:

What’s open and what’s closed on Remembrance Day?

Sectors that can operate on November 11 include:

  • Motels and hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Continuously-operating businesses (except retail – see below)
  • Farms
  • Transportation of goods or passengers
  • Other industries as listed on the Remembrance Day fact sheet 

All others must not operate their business on Remembrance Day.

When can a retailer be open on Sunday, November 11, 2018?

Several municipalities have bylaws allowing retailers normally operating with four or more people to open between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on Sundays. Laws allowing for expanded Sunday shopping hours did not affect shopping restrictions on Remembrance Day.

When Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday, retailers must follow both the Remembrance Day rules and the Sunday shopping rules. Therefore, in municipalities that allow Sunday shopping, retail businesses must close between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, and can open between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

However, if a retailer sells or provides the following, they can open between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm:

  • Professional health services
  • Veterinary service
  • Drugs, medicine, infant formula
  • Gasoline, motor oil
  • Emergency vehicle repairs

How do I pay employees for Remembrance Day?

If your employees do not work on November 11, you are not required to pay them. However, many Manitoba employers do pay their employees for the day.

Anyone who works on Remembrance Day is paid in the same manner as if working on a General Holiday. Employees who work must be paid 1-1/2 times their regular wage for all hours worked, plus 5% of their earnings in the 28 days before Remembrance Day. Anyone working on Remembrance Day is paid for at least half of their regular work day, or for the actual number of hours worked on November 11, whichever is greater. To learn more about General Holiday pay, click on the General Holiday fact sheet

Can another day be substituted for Remembrance Day?

No, Remembrance Day is November 11 and the rules apply for that day. It is at the employer’s discretion if they want to treat Remembrance Day as a General Holiday and provide an additional day off.

Still have questions?

CFIB's Business Counsellors are available to answer your questions. Contact us at [email protected] or call 1-888-234-2232.