Manitoba Statutory Holidays, and What to Pay Your Employees

James Miller
March 25, 2021

If you run a business in Manitoba, you might be wondering what payroll should look like for your employees when it comes to calculating statutory holiday pay this year.

You may recall  Manitoba's general holiday rules being amended as of January 1st 2018, and though employee eligibility has remained the same, the method of Manitoba's statutory holiday calculations may have been changed since you last checked.

Below, you'll find everything you need to know about Manitoba's general holiday current rules, as of January 2021.

How many statutory holidays are in Manitoba? 

Manitoba observes nine 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 statutory holidays in Manitoba?

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

Although Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday there are special requirements to pay employees who work that day.  Also, Easter Sunday, Terry Fox Day and Boxing Day are not stat holidays recognized in Manitoba.  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? ‍

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 Manitoba just goes by another name.‍

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

To be eligible for stat holiday pay in Manitoba, employees simply have to follow the "first and last" rule - there are no restrictions on how long an employee has worked an employer.  In order to qualify for Public Holiday pay, employees must work their last regularly scheduled shift before the holiday as well as their first regularly scheduled shift after the holiday, unless they have permissions to miss their shift due to reasonable cause or have their employer's consent. They must also work the holiday to be eligible for holiday pay if they are scheduled to do so.

  • For example: Joe works Monday to Friday, and the next stat holiday falls on a Friday. Joe is scheduled to work on the Thursday before the holiday, and the Monday after the holiday. He must work these entire shifts  to be eligible for stat pay.But Joe has requested Monday off to extend his weekend. His manager approves his request, therefore Joe is still eligible for stat average pay.


However, if Joe's request is not accepted, and he does not show up, he will only be paid premium pay for the hours he has worked on the stat holiday.


What is the stat holiday pay calculation for employees in Manitoba?

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.

 

If your employee works the same number of hours each day consistently, they get paid one day’s wages for the stat holiday. 
Ex. Susan works 3:00pm - 8:00pm each afternoon Saturday to Thursday.  Her Stat pay would be 5 hours at her regular wage.

For employees who work inconsistent hours or earn different wages, they receive 5% of gross wages for holiday pay in the 4 week period preceding the holiday.  

 

Peter is paid $14/hour and worked 76 hours over the past 4 weeks.   As he also worked his last scheduled shift before the holiday and will be working the first shift after.  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 Manitoba?

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 Manitoba?

They sure do!  All full time and part time hourly employees are eligible to receive stat pay.  


What is the stat premium pay calculation in Manitoba?

In addition to Manitoba stat holiday pay, employees who work on the day of the statutory holiday, are also entitled to either:

  • 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.
  • Or regular wages for working the holiday plus a day off with general holiday pay within the next 30 days.  This only applies to employers operating a gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant, place of amusement, continuously operating business, climate-controlled agricultural business, or a seasonal industry.

Premium Pay example:

Last pay period, Jane is paid $12/hour and works four 8 hour shifts. She also works an 8 hour shift on a stat holiday. She is eligible for both regular and premium stat pay.  As she also worked her last scheduled shift before the holiday, and will be working the first shift after, she is eligible for both regular and premium stat pay.

To calculate her total stat pay:

  • Regular wages = 8 hours *$12 = $96

PLUS

  • 1.5 x ($12 x 8 hours) = $144 in premium pay
  • In total, Jane will be paid $240 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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