Statutory holidays for B.C. government employees

Last updated: June 3, 2019

Paid holidays recognized by the BC Public Service:

  • New Year's Day
  • Family Day (third Monday of February)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • B.C. Day
  • Labour Day
  • Day of Truth and Reconciliation
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

The BC Public Service also recognizes as a paid holiday any other day proclaimed as a holiday by the federal, provincial or municipal governments for the locality in which an employee is working.

Designated days off

See the list of designated holidays to find out which days off you will have this year.

Working on a statutory holiday

Employees who work on a statutory holiday are entitled to extra pay or time off in lieu. To find out what the provisions are for your employee group, submit an AskMyHRIDIR restricted service request using the categories Myself (or) My Team or Organization > Leave & Time Off > Vacation & Holidays.

Part-time employees

Part-time employees are entitled to the day off work with pay on statutory holidays. Instead of being paid for a full 7-hour day, they receive a prorated amount based on the number of hours worked prior to the holiday.

Auxiliary employees

Eligible auxiliary employees may receive pro-rated statutory holiday pay based upon the hours worked in the 30 days prior to the holiday.

To be eligible for statutory holiday pay, auxiliary and statutory term employees must have worked:

  • The day before and the day after the holiday, or
  • Fifteen of the 30 days prior to the holiday, or
  • At least 105 hours in the 30 days previous to the holiday