There are 6 public holidays throughout the year.
These are: New Years’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day (Canada Day), Labour Day, Remembrance Day, and Christmas Day.
Additional days may be proclaimed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council.
Different holidays may be set by collective agreements in substitution for those days designated under the Act.
Where an employee works on a paid public holiday, they are entitled to receive wages at twice their regular rate for the hours worked on the holiday or an additional day off with pay within 30 days or an additional vacation day. Employees do not have to meet any qualifiers to receive this benefit and the benefit they receive is one of their choice.
If an employee is required to work less hours on the holiday than they would normally work, the employer is required to pay the employee at their regular rate of pay for the actual hours worked plus a regular days pay.
If the employee has:
he/she is entitled to a days pay for the paid public holiday even though no work was performed on the day.
The employee shall not be required to work either on the first working day immediately after the public holiday or another day mutually agreed to by the employee and employer and this day shall be a paid day for the employee.
First, establish whether or not the employee is eligible for paid public holiday benefits by finding out whether or not the employee has:
If these criteria are met, the employee has the right to be paid for the paid public holiday.
To establish the rate at which the employee should be paid requires multiplying the employee’s hourly rate of pay by the average number of hours worked in a day by the employee in the 3 weeks immediately preceding the holiday.