Last updated: May 23, 2019

First things first: what constitutes as a statutory holiday in BC?

The holidays that do qualify are as follows:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day*
  • B.C. 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.

So, who is eligible for statutory holiday pay?

For normal non-union environments, employees:

  1. must be employed for at least 30 days prior to the statutory holiday, and
  2. have worked at least 15 out of 30 days,  preceding the holiday.

However, if an employee is working under an averaging agreement or variance at anytime before the 30 days prior to the holiday, they are not required to meet the 15 day requirement.

Now how do you calculate statutory holiday pay?

Eligible employees (who work 15 out of the last 30 days preceding the holiday) are entitled to general statutory pay, which is equivalent to an average day’s pay.

Here’s the equation:

  • Amount paid ÷ number of days worked = general statutory pay

The amount paid or “total wages” refers to:

  • Wages earned in past 30 days preceding statutory holiday.
  • This includes: regular wages, commissions, statutory holiday pay and annual vacation pay and excludes overtime.

Days worked refers to:

  • Number of days worked or earned wages within 30 calendar days
  • This includes: days on paid annual vacation, paid statutory holidays

For example:

Peter worked 22 days, earning $5,280, including $480 in overtime, in past 30 calendar days preceding the statutory holiday.

To calculate his statutory holiday pay:

  • ($5280 – $480) /  22 days worked = $218.18 in statutory pay (average day’s pay).

If Peter is given the day off on a statutory holiday, he is still entitled to $219.18. But if he works on the statutory holiday, then he is also paid:

  • 1.5x regular wage for the first 12 hours worked
  • Or 2.0x regular wage for hours worked above 12 hours

For example, if Peter works 8 hours on a statutory holiday, he will be paid:

  • (1.5 x $30) x 8 hours + $219.18 = $579.18

For those who do not qualify for statutory holiday pay, but work on a statutory holiday, they will be paid their regular earnings, without any additional pay.

Statutory holidays can be confusing and a headache to calculate. When manually calculating statutory holiday pay, you must double and sometimes even triple, check your calculations. Statutory holiday rules vary province to province and it will cost you if you aren’t careful.

But being meticulous takes hours, which results in exhaustion, which in turn causes mistakes…which can all be avoided by automating payroll.


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