Statutory Holiday Rules across Canada

Your guide to understanding statutory holiday rules and calculating stat. holiday pay – plus a model policy you can use right away!

This easy-to-understand guide provides a thorough review of the minimum employment and labour standards related to public/statutory holidays across Canada, including all provinces, territories and the federally regulated jurisdiction. Plus: recommended HR and payroll best practices for managing stat. holidays and an expert-prepared sample policy.

How to calculate statutory/public holiday pay in Canada

Includes the latest updates to Alberta employment law under the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act

Use the guide to answer these essential
statutory holiday questions:

  • What are statutory holidays in my jurisdiction?
  • How do I calculate stat. holiday pay?
  • Do stat. holidays count toward overtime?
  • How does working part-time affect statutory holiday entitlements?
  • Can you pay employees their regular wages for a public holiday, without doing the calculations described in this guide?
  • Should employees be given premium pay or a substituted day for working on a statutory holiday?
  • Who decides which day to substitute for a statutory holiday?
  • When do weekly overtime rules apply in a week with a public holiday?
  • Is the first Monday in August a statutory holiday or a civic holiday in my jurisdiction?


It's got 47 pages of expert help designed for small and medium businesses — plus a compliance-focused sample policy — for the low price of $49.95

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Look inside the guide

Click here to preview the contents of Statutory Holidays across Canada.

You'll find the latest legal requirements, best practices and tools you need

  • How to calculate stat. holiday pay
  • Exempt employees
  • Overtime on a stat. holidays
  • Pay for statutory holidays
  • Record keeping
  • Failure to comply
  • How to implement an effective policy
  • Payroll administration
  • Sample statutory holiday policy
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Glossary
  • Where to find more information

Print ISSN: 2292-7638  Online ISSN: 2292-7646

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