Vacation time and pay rules across Canada

Your guide to understanding vacation time rules and calculating vacation 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 employee vacation entitlements across Canada, including all provinces, territories and the federally regulated jurisdiction. Also included in this guide are recommended HR and payroll best practices for managing vacation time and calculating vacation pay, plus an expert-prepared sample policy.

How to calculate vacation pay in Canada

Use the guide to answer these essential
vacation questions:

  • How do employees earn the right to vacation time?
  • When is earned vacation time required to be given to an employee?
  • How does taking single vacation days affect the vacation time owing?
  • What earnings must be included in the calculation of vacation pay?
  • How do vacations affect other employment standards, such as overtime and statutory holidays?
  • Who decides when vacation time is taken?
  • Are certain employees exempt from vacation time and pay standards?


It's got 52 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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You'll find the latest legal requirements, best practices and tools you need

  • How to calculate vacation pay
  • Exempt employees
  • How vacations affect stat holidays and overtime
  • Record keeping
  • Failure to comply
  • How to implement an effective policy
  • Payroll administration
  • Sample vacation policy
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Glossary
  • Where to find more information

Print ISSN: 1927-9396  Online ISSN: 1927-940X

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