The 2024 Canadian Stat Holiday Guide for Restaurant Owners

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January 10, 2022
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Canadian statutory holiday pay calculations and date tracking can be tricky, especially when it varies from province to province! Don't worry, we have you covered.

In this guide we will cover the 2024 stat holidays, and we will break down holiday pay for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario!

Table of Contents | The 2024 Canadian Statutory Holiday Guide

  1. Introduction
  2. British Columbia Statutory Holiday Eligibility and Calculations
  3. Alberta Statutory Holiday Eligibility and Calculations
  4. Saskatchewan Statutory Holiday Eligibility and Calculations
  5. Manitoba Statutory Holiday Eligibility and Calculations
  6. Ontario Statutory Holiday Eligibility and Calculations
  7. Conclusion

Introduction

General holidays, also known as statutory holidays, are fun — for the most part. They’re occasions for family and friends to come together to celebrate; and they usually consist of a big holiday meal, which means that they can be a busy and stressful time for restaurant and catering businesses. To make matters more difficult, statutory holiday eligibility rules and calculations vary from province to province.

As payroll experts, our team here wants to make holiday calculations easier for you and your team. We’ve put together a quick guide on everything you need to know about statutory holiday calculations. In this guide we will cover federal holidays, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Let's get started!

2024 Federal Statutory Holidays for Canada:

There are 4 federal holidays observed by all provinces and territories in Canada, with an additional holiday, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, for federally regulated workplaces. Easter weekend includes an additional holiday for the country. Quebec observes Easter Monday, while the rest of the country observes Good Friday.


Here is a breakdown of the 6 federally observed stat holidays in Canada:

  1. New Year's Day: January 1, 2024
  2. Good Friday*: March 29, 2024
  3. Canada Day: July 1, 2024
  4. Labour Day: September 2, 2024
  5. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation**: September 30, 2024
  6. Christmas Day: December 25, 2024

* National holiday, except Quebec
** National holiday for federally regulated workplaces only

British Columbia Stat Holidays 2024

British Columbia observes ten statutory holidays throughout the year where employees are eligible to be off work with statutory holiday pay, or they can work and receive premium pay plus statutory holiday pay.

British Columbia Statutory Holidays Include:

  1. New Year's Day
  2. Family Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day* 
  6. British Columbia Day
  7. Labour Day
  8. Truth and Reconciliation Day
  9. Thanksgiving
  10. Remembrance Day
  11. Christmas Day

*If Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the statutory holiday.

BC stat holidays 2023

How Do You Calculate Stat Holiday Pay in B.C. For 2024? 

First, who is eligible? For normal non-union environments, employees:

1. Must be employed for at least 30 days prior to the statutory holiday, and

2. Have worked at least 15 out of 30 days, preceding the holiday.


However, if an employee is working under an averaging agreement or variance at anytime before the 30 days prior to the holiday, they are not required to meet the 15 day requirement. Eligible employees (who work 15 out of the last 30 days preceding the holiday) are entitled to general statutory pay, which is equivalent to an average day’s pay.


For those who do not qualify for statutory holiday pay, but work on a statutory holiday, they will be paid their regular earnings, without any additional pay. If the employee was not scheduled to work in the last pay period (0 days worked & $0 regular wages), the employee’s general holiday pay entitlement will be $0.


Want to learn more about who qualifies? 

For more information check out this blog post for calculations and examples.

Alberta Stat Holidays for 2024

Alberta 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.

What Are the Alberta Statutory Holidays?

  1. New Year's Day
  2. Alberta Family Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day 
  6. Labour Day
  7. Thanksgiving
  8. Remembrance Day
  9. Christmas Day

*If Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the statutory holiday.

Alberta 2023 Stat Holidays

How Do You Calculate Stat Holiday Pay in Alberta in 2024?

To understand how to pay your employees, you must first learn who is eligible. To learn everything about Alberta stat holiday rules check out the full article here.


High level, here are the qualifiers: 

  • They must work scheduled days before and after the stat holiday.
  • They must also work on the stat holiday if they are scheduled.
  • They must have worked for the same employer for at least 30 days in the last 12 months prior to the holiday.


If an employee works on a stat holiday and the stat falls on their regular workday, they are entitled to one of two options.

  • An average daily wage (stat average pay) AND 1.5 x employee’s daily wage for hours worked (premium pay) OR
  • Their regular hourly wage including OT (if applicable) PLUS a future day off, with pay of their average daily wage and before their next annual vacation.

If an employee does not work on a stat holiday, they are only eligible for general holiday pay. If an employee does not work on a stat holiday and the stat does not fall on their regular day of work, they are only eligible for their hours worked x 1.5.

For more information check out this blog post for calculations and examples.

Saskatchewan Stat Holidays 2024

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 they can 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 Stat Holidays in Saskatchewan?

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

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Family Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day*
  6. Saskatchewan Day
  7. Labour Day
  8. Thanksgiving Day
  9. Remembrance Day
  10. Christmas Day

*If Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the statutory holiday.

What Are the Stat Holidays in 2024 for Saskatchewan?

2023 Saskatchewan stat holidays

Statutory Holiday Pay Calculation in Saskatchewan

Stat holiday average pay is calculated by taking an employee's wage (including commissions and vacation pay, but excluding overtime pay, bonuses, and tips),earned in the four week period (28 days) prior to the holiday and multiplying it by 5% (0.05).


Again, all employees are eligible for stat pay even if they don't work the holiday. However, their statutory holiday pay must be paid in the same pay period that the holiday lands in.

For more information check out this blog post for calculations and examples.

Manitoba Stat Holidays 2024

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 they can 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.

Manitoba Statutory Holidays Include:

Manitoba observes the following 8 general holidays:

  1. New Year's Day
  2. Louis Riel Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day*
  6. Labour Day
  7. Thanksgiving Day
  8. Remembrance Day**
  9. Christmas Day

*If Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the statutory holiday.

**Most industries are not allowed to operate on Remembrance Day, but restaurants are an exception. It is not a requirement to pay all employees regular stat pay. Only eligible employees who work the holiday are entitled to at least half of a normal work day at 1.5x their regular wage. In addition, they are also entitled to general holiday pay of an average day's wage or 5% of their gross earnings in the 28 days preceding the holiday.

What Are the Stat Holidays in 2024 in Manitoba?

2023 statutory holidays for Manitoba

Statutory Holiday Pay Calculation in Manitoba:

Long story short, all employees are eligible for statutory holiday pay unless:

  • They are absent from their last scheduled workday before the holiday*
  • Do not work their first scheduled workday after the holiday*
  • And do not work their scheduled shift on the general holiday

*without the employer's permission.


Those who consistently work the same amount of hours on a weekly basis receive a regular day of pay.


For employees who work hours that vary, their general holiday pay is calculated at 5% of their wages over the course of 4 weeks, preceding the Stat Holiday. For eligible employees that work their scheduled shift on the actual day of the stat holiday, they are also entitled to premium pay of 1.5 x their hourly wage. However, they must also attend their scheduled shifts before and after the holiday.


Alternatively, if employees receive regular wages on the holiday, they will be provided with a day off with general holiday pay (within the next 30 days) in return. If there is an agreement between the employee and employer, employees may also choose to take their day off at a later date.


We know, it's a lot, so we created a guide and article with helpful examples! 

For more information check out this blog post for calculations and examples.

 

Ontario Stat Holidays 2024

How Many Statutory Holidays Are in Ontario in 2024?

Ontario observes nine statutory holidays throughout the year where employees are eligible to be off work with statutory holiday pay, or they can 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.

Ontario Statutory Holiday Pay Days Include:

Ontario's statutory holiday rules have been amended as of January 1st, 2018. Though employee eligibility has remained the same, the method of Ontario's stat pay calculations has been changed. Below, you'll find everything you need to know about Ontario's statutory holiday rules.


Did you know? Ontario is the only province in Canada where Boxing Day (December 26) qualifies as a statutory holiday! Here are the rest of the holidays:

  1. New Year's Day
  2. Family Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day* 
  6. Labour Day
  7. Thanksgiving
  8. Christmas Day
  9. Boxing Day

*If Canada Day Falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the statutory holiday.

Stat Holidays in Ontario for 2024 Include:

Ontario stat holidays 2023

How to Do I Calculate Stat Holiday Pay in Ontario in 2024?

To be eligible for stat holiday pay in Ontario, employees simply have to follow the "first and last" rule - there are no restrictions on how long an employee has worked an employer.  Employees must work their last scheduled shift before the stat holiday, and the first scheduled shift after the stat holiday, unless they have permissions to miss their shift due to reasonable cause or have their employer's consent.


As of July 1st 2018, the method of general statutory pay has been amended. The new calculation will be reverted to how it was calculated previously. The calculation is as follows:

  • Total amount of regular wages earned and vacation pay four work weeks before the work week in which the public holiday occurred, divided by 20.


The four weeks before the public holiday is based on the employer’s work week. For example, instead of a Monday to Sunday work week, it could be a Sunday to Saturday work week.

For more information check out this blog post for calculations and examples.

How Can I Automate Stat Holiday Pay Calculations?

Can you imagine how much time you would save if you could automate your holiday pay calculations? Well you can.  

Push Operations has created smart software that integrates with your staffing back end to automatically calculate stat holiday pay while scheduling, and paying staff. Payroll is done, and so are holiday pay calculations at the click of a button.


For further information on automating statutory holiday pay calculations connect with a helpful team member at Push today.


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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