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What you need to know about Public Holidays in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has ten Public Holidays. They will be observed on:

  • New Year's Day (January 2nd)
  • Family Day (February 20th)
  • Good Friday (April 14th)
  • Victoria Day (May 22nd)
  • Canada Day (July 1st)
  • Civic Holiday (August 7th)
  • Labour Day (September 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day (October 9th)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11th)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)


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).

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.

To be eligible for Public holiday pay the employee must work at least one day prior to the holiday.

What happens when a Public holiday falls on a Sunday:

Some years, a public holiday may fall on a Saturday or Sunday. For example Christmas Day falls on a Sunday in 2016. If your establishment is normally open on a Sunday, Christmas is observed on Sunday, December 25th. If your establishment is normally closed on Sunday, Christmas is observed on Monday, December 26th.


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.

Still have questions? Contact a CFIB Business Counsellor.