British Columbia Statutory Holidays 2023-2024: List of Stat Holidays 2024

Updated on April 6, 2024

British Columbia Statutory Holidays 2023-2024: List of Stat Holidays

Explore the BC Statutory Holidays for the current and upcoming years on this page. Additionally, discover how to calculate your BC Stat Holiday pay and extra compensation for working on BC Stat Holidays in 2023-2024.

BC Stat Holidays 2023 -2024

In British Columbia, Canada, employees are entitled to 11 statutory holidays, which are paid days off. It is the employer’s legal obligation, as per British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act, to provide eligible employees with time off and holiday pay. Notably, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, and Boxing Day are not considered BC Stat Holidays.

A recent addition to the statutory holidays is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, established by the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Act, 2023. This addition, approved on March 9th, 2023, means that employees will now enjoy 11 statutory holidays instead of the previous 10.

BC Statutory Holidays List 2023

B.C. Statutory HolidaysDate/Day
New Year’s DayJan. 1, Sunday
Family DayFeb. 20, Monday
Good FridayApril 7, Friday
Victoria DayMay 22, Monday
Canada DayJuly 1, Saturday
B.C. DayAug. 7, Monday
Labour DaySep. 4, Monday
National Day for Truth and ReconciliationSep. 30, Saturday
Thanksgiving DayOct. 9, Monday
Remembrance DayNov. 1, Saturday
Christmas DayDec. 25, Monday

BC Statutory Holidays List 2024

B.C. Statutory HolidaysDate/Day
New Year’s DayJan. 1, Monday
Family DayFeb. 19, Monday
Good FridayMar. 29, Friday
Victoria DayMay 20, Monday
Canada DayJuly 1, Monday
B.C. DayAug. 5, Monday
Labour DaySep. 2, Monday
National Day for Truth and ReconciliationSep. 30, Monday
Thanksgiving DayOct. 14, Monday
Remembrance DayNov 11, Monday
Christmas DayDec. 25, Wednesday

Extra pay to work on a BC Statutory Holidays

If an employee chooses to work on a BC Statutory Holiday, they are eligible for BC Statutory Holiday Pay, calculated at time and a half for the hours worked on the holiday. Additionally, any hours worked beyond 12 hours on the holiday attract double time pay. This provides an opportunity for those who opt to work on holidays to earn extra income.

Importantly, it’s crucial to note that employers do not have the authority to compel workers to work on BC statutory holidays. The decision to work or take the day off entirely rests with the employees and their preferences.

Replacing another day for a Statutory Holiday

If both the employer and employees agree, a Statutory Holiday can be substituted with another day. This agreement must be documented in writing, expressing the consent of both parties. Once the mutual agreement is in place, the substituted day should be treated on par with a regular B.C. Statutory Holiday.

How to Calculate BC Statutory Holiday Pay?

Curious about how BC Statutory Holiday Pay is figured out? Here’s a straightforward formula for employees to use:

Statutory Holiday Pay = Total wages ÷ Number of days worked

However, when crunching the numbers, keep these points in mind:

  1. The number of days worked is based on the days worked in the 30 calendar days leading up to the statutory holiday.
  2. For the total wages calculation, include all earnings except for overtime.
  3. Total wages comprise regular wages, earnings, statutory holiday pay, commissions, paid medical leave, and paid vacation days mandated by employment standards.

Who is Eligible for BC Stat Holiday pay?

To be eligible for BC Statutory Holiday pay, employees must meet the minimum requirement outlined in the Employment Standards Act, subsection 44 (a) & (b), which stipulates a minimum of 30 calendar days of employment.

If an employee works on a statutory holiday but hasn’t completed the 30-day requirement, they will receive wages as they would on any regular working day. However, if the statutory holiday coincides with an employee’s day off and they haven’t reached the 30-day mark, they are not entitled to statutory holiday pay for that specific day.

In cases where an eligible employee is not receiving B.C. Statutory holiday pay as required, they have the option to contact Employment Standards and submit a complaint for resolution.

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