Statutory holidays exist on a federal level; there are additional holidays for each province and territory. All employees are entitled to "Stat Holiday Pay". Each province has its own guidelines on qualifying for a Statutory Holiday, and how an employee is paid if he or she works on the Statutory Holiday. Here are some examples of how Stat Holiday Pay is calculated in the different provinces:
Qualified employees can be full time, part time, permanent, or on contract. It does not matter how recently they were hired or how many days they worked before the public holiday. The amount of public holiday pay to which an employee is entitled is all of the regular wages earned by the employee in the four work weeks before the work week with the public holiday, plus any vacation pay payable to the employee in the four work weeks, divided by 20.
To be eligible, an employee must have been employed 30 calendar days before the holiday and have worked or earned wages on 15 of the 30 days immediately before the statutory holiday. An employee must be paid an average day’s pay. It is calculated by dividing total wages earned in the 30 calendar days before the holiday by the number of days worked. Vacation days taken in this period counts as work days.
Employees who have worked for the employer for at least 30 working days or more in the 12 months (one year) before the holiday are eligible for payment, and must be paid an average day’s pay. An average day’s pay is:
Employees earn Stat Holiday Pay equal to 5% of their wages in the previous four weeks.
Employees that consistently work the same number of hours get one regular work day’s pay as Stat Holiday Pay. For employees whose hours of work vary, pay is calculated at 5% of the gross wages (excluding overtime) in the 4 week period immediately before the holiday. The length that the employee works for the employer does not affect the pay.
All full and part time employees are entitled to Stat Holiday Pay. The amountof public holiday pay to which an employee is entitled is all of the regular wages (excluding overtime) earned by the employee in the four work weeks before the work week with the public holiday, plus any vacation pay payable to the employee in the four work weeks, divided by 20.