Statutory Holidays

The statutory holidays in B.C. are:

  • New Years Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • B.C. Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day

Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Boxing Day are not statutory holidays.

Employees get paid for statutory holidays if they're qualified

Qualifying for statutory holiday pay

Employees receive statutory holiday pay if they:

  • Have been employed for 30 calendar days


  • Have worked 15 of the 30 days before a statutory holiday

Some people think that employees only need to work the day before and the day after to qualify for statutory holiday pay – this isn't the case in B.C.

Calculating statutory holiday pay

Statutory holiday pay is equal to an average day's pay. Don't include overtime.

Total wages earned during the 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday ÷ number of days worked

Total wages includes salary, commission or statutory holiday pay that is paid or payable. Use vacation pay that was paid or is payable for employees taking vacation days.

Number of days worked or days when wages were earned during the 30 calendar days before the holiday. Include vacation days taken.

Employees are paid statutory holiday pay if they work or take the day off

Taking the day off

Employees should be paid an average day's pay for a regular or scheduled day off that falls on a statutory holiday.

Employers and employees may agree (in writing) to substitute another day for a statutory holiday. The substitute day must be treated the same as a statutory holiday.

Working on a statutory holiday

Employees who work on a statutory holiday must be paid an average day's pay plus time-and-a-half for the hours they work. They must be paid double-time for hours worked over 12 hours.

If an employee does not qualify for statutory holiday pay, they are paid regular pay for working on a statutory holiday.

Some employees are excluded from statutory holiday provisions. Check the Employment Standards Regulation for more information:

Section 33 Nursing students and volunteer fire fighters

Section 34.1 Farm workers

Section 36 Managers

Section 37 Fishers

37.8(2) High technology professionals

37.9(8) Silviculture workers - if they get four percent on each pay cheque in lieu

37.14 (1) Commission sales - if all wages earned in the pay period would be greater than amount earned at base rate (or minimum wage) plus overtime and stats

37.14(4) Car and truck sales - if they get 4% on each paycheque in lieu

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Statutory Holiday Dates (2018-2020)





New Year's Day

Monday, January 1

Tuesday, January 1

Wednesday, January 1

Family Day

Monday, February 12

Monday, February 18

Monday, February 17

Good Friday

Friday, March 30

Friday, April 19

Friday, April 10

Victoria Day

Monday, May 21

Monday, May 20

Monday, May 18

Canada Day

Monday, July 2

Monday, July 1

Wednesday, July 1


Monday, July 2 is the statutory holiday if Canada Day falls on a Sunday.

B.C. Day

Monday, August 6

Monday, August 5

Monday, August 3

Labour Day

Monday, September 3

Monday, September 2

Monday, September 7

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 8

Monday, October 14

Monday, October 12

Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 11

Monday, November 11

Wednesday, November 11

Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25

Wednesday, December 25

Friday, December 25