Annual Vacation Entitlement

Your number of vacation days depends on your bargaining unit, your employment status, how many hours you work and how many years you have been in the BC Public Service. Vacation years are defined as the period from January 1 to December 31.

An employee’s first vacation year is the calendar year in which they celebrate the first anniversary of their employment with the BC Public Service. Employees hired part-way through a calendar year earn vacation for that first partial-year. The rate at which vacation is earned in the first partial-year is set out in the respective collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment. 

For example, a regular employee hired part-way through the current year would be in their first partial-year until December 31. As of January 1st of the next year, the employee is then in their first vacation year because that is the year in which they mark their first anniversary of employment.

Annual vacation entitlements for regular full-time employees are as follows:

 

Excluded Employees

 

BCGEU
Employees

PEA
Employees

Nurses Union Employees

7 hr shifts

7.5 hr shifts

Vacation Year

Vacation days earned

1st

20

15

20

20

18.667

2nd

20

15

20

20

18.667

3rd

20

16

20

20

18.667

4th

20

17

20

20

18.667

5th

20

19

20

20

18.667

6th

20

20

20

21

19.600

7th

20

20

20

22

20.533

8th

22

22

22

23

21.467

9th

23

23

23

24

22.400

10th

25

24

24

25

23.333

11th

25

25

25

26

24.267

12th

26

26

26

27

25.200

13th

27

27

27

28

26.133

14th

27

27

27

29

27.067

15th

27

27

27

30

28.000

16th

28

28

28

31

28.933

17th

28

28

28

32

29.867

18th

28

28

28

33

30.800

19th

29

29

29

34

31.733

20th

31

31

31

35

32.667

21st

32

32

32

 

 

22nd

33

33

33

 

 

23rd

34

34

34

 

 

24th

34

34

34

 

 

25th and thereafter

35

35

35

   

See how much vacation time you currently have.

Auxiliary Employees

Auxiliary employees begin to earn annual vacation entitlement once they’ve completed 1,827 hours in 33 consecutive pay periods. Before they reach this hour requirement they receive vacation pay at six percent of their regular earnings on each biweekly pay cheque. They are also able to take a leave of absence without pay for up to 15 workdays (maximum of 105 hours) after working for six months.

Vacation Adjustments for Remote Locations

Starting with the 2010 vacation year, an extra vacation day (based on a seven-hour workday) is given to employees who reside and work in one of the following remote locations in B.C.:

  • Alert Bay
  • Alexis Creek
  • Atlin
  • Bella Coola (including Hagensborg and Waglisla)
  • Burns Lake
  • Chetwynd
  • Dawson Creek
  • Dease Lake
  • Fort St. James
  • Fort St. John
  • Fort Nelson
  • Fraser Lake
  • Gold River
  • Haida Gwaii
  • Hazelton
  • Houston
  • Hudson’s Hope
  • Kitimat
  • McBride
  • MacKenzie
  • New Denver
  • Port Alice
  • Port Hardy
  • Port McNeill
  • Prince Rupert
  • Smithers
  • Stewart
  • Terrace
  • Tumbler Ridge
  • Valemount