Canadian Statutory Holiday
, a Statutory Holiday
(also known as "general" or "public" holiday) is a holiday
legislated either through the federal, provincial or territorial governments. Most workers, public or private, are entitled to take the day off with regular pay. However, employers may ask/request employees to work on such a holiday but in this case, must be paid at a premium rate -- usually 1½ (known as "time and a half") or 2 times the regular pay.
The statutory holidays mandated by federal legislation are:
Provinces and territories also have legislated statutory holidays:
- Family Day - third Monday in February Alberta
- Civic Holiday - first Monday in August. Some provinces use Civic Holiday while others call it something else.
- National Holiday - Quebec
- Discovery Day - third Monday in August Yukon