In an effort to make general holiday calculations easier for you and your team, our payroll experts has put together a quick guide on everything you need to know about statutory holiday calculations in BC!

British Columbia

First things first: what constitutes as a statutory holiday in British Columbia (BC)?

The holidays that do qualify are:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Family Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day*
  6. B.C. Day
  7. Labour Day
  8. Thanksgiving Day
  9. Remembrance Day
  10. Christmas Day

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

Now, who is eligible for statutory pay?

For normal non-union environments, employees must qualify for both of the following:
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, note 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

How do you calculate statutory holiday pay in B.C.?

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 the statutory holiday.  This includes: regular wages, commissions, statutory holi-day 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 general statutory pay (average day’s pay)

If Peter is given the day off on a statutory holiday, he is still entitled to $218.18. But if he works on the statutory holiday, then he is also paid:

  1. 5x regular wage for the first 12 hours worked; and
  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 + $218.18 = $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 Holiday Pay can be complicated, hopefully these rules provided some clarity! If you’re still finding that you are spending too much time with statutory holiday pay calculations, check out our free excel template on statutory calculations in BC.

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