Statutory Holidays in British Columbia 

As an employer regulated by British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act, you have a legal obligation to comply with the minimum employment standards for statutory holidays. 

British Columbia has 10 Statutory Holidays  

There are ten statutory holidays in British Columbia: 

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Family Day 
  • Good Friday 
  • Victoria Day 
  • Canada Day 
  • B.C. Day 
  • Labour Day 
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Remembrance Day 
  • Christmas Day 

As the employer, it is your responsibility to provide time off with holiday pay to eligible employees. 

British Columbia also has three optional statutory holidays. In these cases, employers do not have to provide holiday time off or pay but can do so as an additional benefit:  

  • Easter Sunday 
  • Easter Monday 
  • Boxing Day

Entitlement to B.C. Statutory Holidays 

Your employees are entitled to statutory holiday pay if they have been: 

  • Employed for 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday; and 
  • Working or earning wages on 15 of the 30 days immediately before the statutory holiday. 

If an employee has failed to meet the above requirements, you are not responsible for providing statutory holiday pay. Further to this, an employee who is not eligible and works on a holiday may be paid regular wages for the day.  

How to Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay in B.C. 

To calculate holiday pay for employees with the day off or an alternative day off to the statutory holidaydivide “total wages” earned in the 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday by the number of days worked. Remember, total wages include salary/wages, commissions, stat holiday pay and vacation pay; however, total wages do not include overtime pay. 

Eligible employees who work on a statutory holiday have the right to holiday pay that’s calculated as 1.5 for the first 12 hours worked and double time for any work over 12 hours, plus an average day’s pay.  

When it comes to calculating statutory holidays, there are a number of exceptions and considerations, such as shifts that straddle midnight on the 30th calendar day preceding the statutory holiday. As an employer, it is important to ask an HR expert or legal professional for the right advice on what entitlements your employees have 

Ask us about statutory holidays for your small business. 

If you’re unsure about how to calculate statutory holiday pay for your small business, ask your local HR experts. Call our free employer advice line now – 1(833) 200-5103.