Vacation and general holidays

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Annual vacation

Federally regulated employees are entitled to a minimum of two weeks of vacation annually after completing one year of employment with the same employer. After six consecutive years of employment with the same employer, the entitlement increases to three weeks of vacation annually.

For general information, please consult Annual vacations (Publication 3 – Labour Standards).

For technical guidance, please consult Vacation pay (IPG-012).

A vacation pay calculator is available to assist in determining vacation entitlements. This calculator applies to the majority of employees in the federal jurisdiction.

Note: For this provision, where the collective agreement provides rights and benefits as favourable as or better than the minimum standards set by the Code, and provides for third party settlement of disputes, the requirements of the Code do not apply.

General holidays

Federally regulated employees are entitled to nine paid general holidays every year. These are also known as statutory holidays.

They are:

For general information, please consult General holidays (Publication 4 – Labour Standards) and General holidays – Continuous operations (Publication 4A – Labour Standards).

To calculate an entitlement for a specific holiday, use the General holiday calculator

Note: For this provision, where the collective agreement provides rights and benefits as favourable as or better than the minimum standards set by the Code, and provides for third party settlement of disputes, the requirements of the Code do not apply.

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