HR Glossary / Public Holiday

A public holiday is a non-working day to mark a religious, civil or national holiday.


What are the paid public holidays in Canada?

The paid and unpaid holidays in Canada include:

  • January 1st (New Year’s Day)
  • Good Friday or Easter Monday, (employer’s choice)
  • The Monday before May 25 (Victoria Day)
  • June 24 (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, in Quebec only)
  • July 1st or, if on a Sunday, July 2nd (Canada Day)
  • The 1st Monday of August (Civic holiday)
  • The 1st Monday of September (Labour Day)
  • The 2nd Monday of October (Thanksgiving)
  • December 25 (Christmas Day)

Statutory and non-working days may vary according to the provisions of applicable working conditions. If employees are required to work on these days, they are entitled to compensation or time off in lieu.

What are the unpaid statutory holidays in Canada?

The unpaid statutory holidays in Canada include:

  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)

However, employees subject to the Canada Labour Code are entitled to paid leave on these days.

How to calculate overtime on a holiday?

If a public holiday falls on a day when an employee would normally have worked, the normal hours worked are added in the calculation of overtime.

In Quebec, if the total hours exceed the normal work week, overtime must be paid at time and a half.

What are the public holidays in France?

The following legal holidays are statutory holidays in France:

  • January 1st
  • Easter Monday
  • May 1st
  • May 8th
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • July 14
  • Assumption Day
  • All Saints Day
  • November 11
  • Christmas Day

Other public holidays may be observed in certain regions or departments.

What are the paid statutory holidays in France?

May 1st is the only mandatory holiday for all employees, except for institutions or services that cannot interrupt their operations.

Compensation for other statutory holidays is determined according to a company or organizational agreement, or by the employer.


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