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How will Remembrance Day rules affect your Manitoba business?

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.

Retail businesses must close between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on November 11.

However, if a retailer sells or provides the following, they can open between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.:

  • 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. To learn more see the General Holiday fact sheet

Also, The Remembrance Day Act states:

  • Employees who work on November 11 are paid at least half of a normal work day at 1½ times the regular wage. For example, employees who work 2 hours on November 11, but normally work an 8-hour day, are paid 4 hours at 1½ times the regular wage. Employees also receive a regular day’s pay for working on November 11, or if their hours vary, 5% of gross earnings in the 28 days before Remembrance Day.
  • Employees who work more than half their normal hours on Remembrance Day are paid 1½ times their regular wage for all hours worked, plus a regular day’s pay. 

More details are available in the Employment Standards Branch fact sheet specific to Remembrance Day.

If you have questions, contact CFIB's Business Resources team at 1-888-234-2232 or [email protected].

October 18, 2021

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