Saskatchewan Statutory Holidays, What to Pay Your Employees

James Miller
March 24, 2021

If you haven't noticed already, different provinces have different statutory holiday rules! In Saskatchewan, everyone is eligible for general holiday pay! The following holidays are observed as Saskatchewan Statutory Holidays.


Though employee eligibility has remained the same, the method of Saskatchewan's statutory holiday calculations may have been changed since you last checked. Below, you'll find everything you need to know about Saskatchewan's general holiday current rules.

What is a statutory holiday in Canada?

A public holiday or sometimes called statutory holidays, stat days, are a variety of nationalistic or religious, cultural holidays that are legislated in Canada at the federal or provincial level.  What does that all mean?  As an employer you need to know what counts as a stat holiday, how they are treated differently in each province in Canada, which days are considered stat holidays and how the pay is calculated.  Read on to find out everything you need to know about statutory holidays in Saskatchewan.


How many statutory holidays are in Saskatchewan? 

Saskatchewan observes ten statutory holidays throughout the year where employees are eligible to be off work with statutory holiday pay or work with statutory holiday pay or time off in lieu.  Read on to find out the ins and outs of the statutory holidays, how to calculate employee holiday pay and other rules you might not be aware of. 

What are the Saskatchewan statutory holidays?

  • New Year's Day - January 1st
  • Family Day - Third Monday in February
  • Good Friday - Friday preceding Easter Sunday
  • Victoria Day - Last Monday preceding May 25th
  • Canada Day* - July 1st
  • Saskatchewan Day  - First Monday in August
  • Labour Day - First Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day - Second Monday in October
  • Remembrance Day - November 11
  • Christmas Day - December 25th

Easter Sunday and Boxing Day are not stat holidays recognized in Saskatchewan.  While we’re talking about this wonderful time of year, you may want to bookmark our Tips on Managing Staff during the Holidays

*If Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed as the statutory holiday.  It gets “bumped” to July 2nd, but this doesn’t happen again until July 2029, so you’ve got time.

Is Family Day a stat holiday in Saskatchewan?

Although Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia on the third Monday of February.  In three other provinces, the third Monday of February is still a statutory holiday, called by a different name.  Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island. Therefore the answer is yes, Family day is a Stat Holiday in Saskatchewan.‍



How does an employee qualify for statutory holiday pay in Saskatchewan?

All employees get paid for the ten statutory holidays in Saskatchewan regardless of how they are paid or what hours they work.  



What is the stat holiday pay Calculation for employees in Saskatchewan?

Calculating stat pay for our employees is a necessary and legal part of business but calculating it accurately makes your place a great place to work.  Read our article here about other ways managing human capital helps small business owners retain and elevate great employees.

Most employees receive 5% of their gross wages for holiday pay in the 4 week period preceding the holiday.  Public holiday pay would be calculated by adding up the wages earned in the past 4 weeks prior to the holiday including vacation pay but not overtime and calculating 5% of that.

Peter is paid $14/hour and worked 76 hours over the past 4 weeks.      Regular wages earned in the last 4 weeks = $14 x 76 hours = $1064

  • $1064 x 5% = $53.20 in regular stat pay or 3.8 hours at $14/hour 



Do I have to pay all employees for stat holidays in Saskatchewan?

You gotta follow the rules.  That means each employee that qualifies for stat holiday pay, you must pay them on time and accurately.



Do part time employees get statutory holiday pay in Saskatchewan?

They sure do!  All full time and part time hourly employees are eligible to receive stat pay.  Even new employees who have not yet worked a full 4 weeks receive holiday pay.  Just calculate the number of weeks wages they have worked and calculate 5% of the wages to date.



What is stat premium pay calculation in Saskatchewan?

In addition to Saskatchewan stat holiday pay, employees who work on the day of the statutory holiday, are also entitled to premium pay.  This is calculated at one and a half times the regular wage x the number of hours they worked.  Regular hourly wage x 1.5 = Premium pay.

Premium Pay example:

Last pay period, Jane is paid $12/hour and works four 8 hour shifts each week. She also works an 8 hour shift on a stat holiday. She is eligible for both regular and premium stat pay.  

To calculate her total stat pay:

  • Regular wages = 8 hours x 4 days a week = 32 hours 
  • 32 hours x $12/hour = $384
  • $384 x previous 4 weeks = $1536 total wages
  • $1536x 5%=  $76.80
  • PLUS
  • 1.5 x ($12 x 8 hours) = $144 in premium pay
  • In total, Jane will be paid $220.80 in statutory pay

After that long read, your thoughts on calculating statutory holiday could go two ways:

  1. "Wow, I think I get it!" or
  2. "... I need to read that again."

If you haven't, that’s okay, we’re here to help.  Whether you’ve got it or not, automating payroll will save you a load of time.

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This document is provided by Push Technologies Inc. ("Push Operations") for information purposes only. This is not an official or legal document and should not be taken as legal advice. Push Operations does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check with the proper governing authority.

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