Last updated: September 1, 2019

Everything You Need to Know about Alberta Statutory Holidays

So what days qualify as statutory holidays in Alberta? Only the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Alberta Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day*
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day

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

And exactly who is eligible? There are four factors that an employee must have to qualify for general holiday pay:

  1. They must work scheduled days before and after the stat holiday.
  2. They must also work on the stat holiday if they are scheduled.
  3. They must have worked for the same employer for at least 30 days in the last 12 months prior to the holiday.
  4. If the holiday falls on their regular day worked.

Working on a Stat 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.


Calculating General Holiday Pay

Here is how to calculate general holiday pay:

  • Regular wages, vacation pay, and general holiday pay earned during the previous 4 weeks to the holiday x 5% 

Here’s an example:

Joe earned $4,320 in the last 4 weeks. Though he does not have a “regular” schedule, as Joe has worked the last 5 Mondays, and the stat falls on a Monday, the stat is qualified as a regular workday for Joe. He has also worked his scheduled shift before the holiday and will work the day after the holiday.

To calculate his stat pay:

  • $4,320 wages earned x 0.05 = $216 in statutory holiday average pay.

If he is working the stat holiday, he is entitled to premium holiday pay in addition to his general holiday pay.

Therefore:

  • $4,320 wages earned x 0.05 = $216 in statutory holiday average pay.
  • PLUS ($20 x 1.5) x 8 hrs = $240 in premium holiday pay

In total, Joe earned $456 when he worked a statutory holiday.


If you’ve been following our statutory holiday calculation series, you’ll notice that stat pay calculations can drastically vary from province to province. Technology in the workplace can be intimidating but when it comes to stat holiday calculations, the pros of payroll automation heavily outweigh the cons.

 

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