Updated: Oct 22
Statutory Holiday Pay in British Columbia (BC)
Statutory holidays in British Columbia, like in other parts of Canada, are significant occasions that come with specific rights and benefits for employees. Among these rights is statutory holiday pay, ensuring that employees are compensated for their hard work on these special days. In this article, we'll explore how to calculate statutory holiday pay in BC, offering clarity to both employers and employees about the process and eligibility criteria.
Statutory Holidays in British Columbia
In BC, there are several statutory holidays recognized by employment standards. These holidays are significant dates, and understanding the criteria for eligibility for statutory holiday pay is essential for both employees and employers. On these days, most employees are eligible for statutory holiday pay, provided they meet certain criteria. Here's the list of statutory holidays for 2023-2024:
New Year's Day: Sunday, January 1
Family Day: Monday, February 20
Good Friday: Friday, April 7
Victoria Day: Monday, May 22
Canada Day: Saturday, July 1
B.C. Day: Monday, August 7
Labour Day: Monday, September 4
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Saturday, September 30
Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 9
Remembrance Day: Saturday, November 11
Christmas Day: Monday, December 25
Eligibility for Statutory Holiday Pay
To qualify for statutory holiday pay in British Columbia, employees must meet specific requirements. Generally, an employee must have:
Worked and earned wages on at least 15 of the 30 days before the statutory holiday. This ensures that the employee has an active work history leading up to the holiday.
Worked their scheduled shifts before and after the holiday (unless they have a valid reason for not doing so). This requirement encourages employees to fulfill their work commitments around the holiday.
Received wages for at least 30 of the 90 days before the statutory holiday. This helps maintain a consistent income pattern for employees.