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Canada Day

what you need to know


  • You need to give your employees the statutory holiday on July 1st, 2020 for the Canada day.



You need to satisfy all the following conditions to receive a statutory general holiday:

  • Worked on the last working day preceding the holiday and on the first working day following the holiday.
  • If you were absent on one of these days, you may still receive a statutory general day if:
    • You received authorization from your employer or you have a valid reason for being absent.


“Working day” as defined in the Decree

  • Working days vary according to the employee’s duties (working hours) rather than the undertaking


Calculating the indemnity to be paid

Working day for an employee:

  • The indemnity is equal to a standard workday


Non-working day or less than 20 days of uninterrupted service for an employee

  • 1/20 of the wages earned during the 4 complete weeks of pay preceding the week of the holiday
  • You must exclude overtime.



Can a holiday be taken on another day?

No, subject to some exceptions:

Non-working day for an employee:

  • The holiday can be deferred within the 15 days preceding or following the holiday.
  • The employee and the employer must both agree to defer the holiday.


Employees on vacation:

  • The employer pays the indemnity for the holiday.
  • The employee and the employer must both agree to defer the holiday.


Do I get paid overtime if I work on a statutory holiday?

Yes, the holiday indemnity is payable in addition to the hours worked.

  • Time over 10 hours/day including the holiday is paid as overtime (+50%).
  • Time over 40 hours/week including the statutory holiday is paid as overtime (+50%).



The above information has been provided for information purposes and does not replace the Decree.

See articles 6.01 to 6.05 of the Decree.