Last updated: May 23, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Manitoba Statutory Holiday

Holidays observed in Manitoba’s General Holiday are the 8 holidays below:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Louis Riel Day – Third Monday in February
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day – Monday preceding May 25
  • Canada Day*
  • Labour Day – First Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday in October
  • Remembrance Day**
  • Christmas Day

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

**Most industries are not allowed to operate on Remembrance Day but restaurants are an exception. It is not a requirement to pay all employees regular stat pay. Only eligible employees who work the holiday are entitled to at least half of a normal work day at 1.5x their regular wage. In addition, they are also entitled to general holiday pay of an average day’s wage or 5% of their gross earnings in the 28 days preceding the holiday.

Employee Eligibility:

All employees are eligible for statutory holiday pay unless: 

  1. They are absent from their last scheduled workday before the holiday*
  2. Do not work their first scheduled workday after the holiday*
  3. And do not work their scheduled shift on the general holiday

**without the employer’s permission.

Stat Pay Calculation:

Those who consistently work the same amount of hours on a weekly basis receive a regular day of pay.

For example: if John works 40 hours a week, 5 days a week, for 8 hours, at $20/hour. He is entitled to:

  • 40 hours ÷ 5 days = 8 hours (1 regular day of work)
  • 8 hours x $20 = $160 in General Holiday pay

For employees who work hours that vary, their general holiday pay is calculated at 5% of their wages over the course of 4 weeks, preceding the Stat Holiday.

For example:

in the last 4 weeks, Jessica has worked  120 hours prior to the stat holiday at the rate of $15/hour.

To calculate her stat pay:

  • $15 x 120 hours = $1800
  • $1800 x 0.05 % = $90 of general holiday pay.

For eligible employees that work their scheduled shift on the actual day of the stat holiday, they are also entitled to premium pay of 1.5 x their hourly wage. However, they must also attend their scheduled shifts before and after the holiday.

For example:

In the last 4 weeks, Tom worked 140 hours at $22/hour. On a stat holiday, he works a scheduled 8 hour shift. To calculate his general holiday pay and premium holiday pay:

  • (140 hours x $22) x 0.05 = $154 general holiday pay
  • PLUS
  • ((1.5 x $22) x 8 hours) = $264 premium holiday pay.
  • $154 (general holiday pay) + $264 (general holiday work pay) = $418 Tom’s total general holiday pay

Alternatively, if employees receive regular wages on the holiday, they will be provided with a day off with general holiday pay (within the next 30 days) in return. If there is an agreement between the employee and employer, employees may also choose to take their day off at a later date.

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