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Prince Edward Island Vacation Pay and Stat Holiday Guidelines

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Dec 12, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Prince_Edward_Island_Vacation_Pay_and_Stat_Holiday_GuidelinesPrince Edward Island Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement is our 9th post in The Payroll Edge series “Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement” where we outline Canadian employment compliance standards by province to assist you in hiring and paying a Canadian worker.

As a PEO in Canada, who partners with U.S. and foreign based companies looking to hire workers in Canada, we`re often asked about whether there`s a difference in statutory holiday`s and vacation pay entitlements between our 13 provinces and territories. Every province and territory in Canada has variable holidays and different eligibility rules around paying the Canadian employee for time off. These rules apply to part time, full time, hourly and salaried employees.

The following information was sourced from and is set out by the Government of Prince Edward Island.

Stat Holidays in Prince Edward Island

The island of PEI has 7 public paid holidays, they are:

  1. New Year’s Day on January 1st
  2. Islander Day on the 3rd Monday in February
  3. Good Friday before Easter Sunday
  4. Canada Day on July 1st
  5. Labour Day on the 1st Monday in September
  6. Remembrance Day on November 11th
  7. Christmas Day on December 25th

Public statutory holidays are paid holidays in Canada, but there are a few exceptions and not every employee is entitled to them. The first exception is an Islander employee must have worked 15 out of the previous 30 days preceding the public holiday.

Secondly, an employee in PEI must have been employed in the previous 30 days leading up to the holiday.

Finally, an employee must have worked their regularly scheduled shift before and after the holiday. For instance, if the employee normally works Monday to Friday and the stat holiday falls on a Monday, they would have had to report to work on the Friday and Tuesday to qualify for an unworked and paid holiday on the Monday.

How much pay does a Prince Edward Islander employee get for an unworked paid holiday?

If the employee meets the above criteria to be paid for a statutory holiday, they are entitled to a regular days pay. If the employee's hours of work change from day to day, or if wages change from pay to pay, the employer could average hours or wages over 30 previous days to calculate what to pay the employee for the holiday.

How much pay does a PEI based employee get for working on public holiday?

An employee can be compensated for working on a public paid stat holiday in one of two ways; they can opt to get one and a half times their regular rate of wages for the hours worked on the stat holiday, or they can receive their regular earnings for the day worked and get an alternate day off with regular pay for the unworked day.

Vacation Pay and Entitlement

Vacation pay entitlements as set out in Prince Edward Islands Employment Standards Act does not apply to unionized workers, farm workers or salespersons whose incomes are primarily earned through commission of sales.

PEI based workers with less than 8 consecutive years of employment at one workplace are entitled to:

  • 2 weeks of annual vacation time after 12 months of employment at a vacation pay rate of 4%

PEI based workers with 8 years or more of consecutive employments at one workplace are entitled to:

  • 3 weeks of annual vacation time after 12 months worked at a vacation pay rate of 6%

Vacation pay can be calculated to include only the employee’s regular earnings, overtime pay, commissions and bonuses. Vacation pay rate calculation should not include: public holiday pay or tips or gratuities.

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Nova Scotia Vacation Pay and Stat Holiday Entitlement

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Nov 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Nova-Scotia-Vacation-Pay-and-Stat-Holiday-EntitlementNova Scotia Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement is our 8th post in The Payroll Edge series “Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement” where we outline Canadian employment compliance standards by province to assist you in hiring and paying a Canadian worker.

As a PEO in Canada, who partners with U.S. and foreign based companies looking to hire workers in Canada, we`re often asked about whether there`s a difference in statutory holiday`s and vacation pay entitlements between our 13 provinces and territories. Every province and territory in Canada has variable holidays and different eligibility rules around paying the employee for time off. These rules apply to part time, full time, hourly and salaried employees.

The following information was sourced from and is set out by the Government of Nova Scotia.

Public Paid Stat Holidays in the Province of Nova Scotia

  1. New Year’s Day on January 1st
  2. Nova Scotia Heritage Day on February 16th
  3. Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday
  4. Canada Day on July 1st
  5. Labour Day on the 1st Monday in September
  6. Christmas Day on December 25th

Public holidays in Canada are paid holidays where the Canadian employee gets paid for an unworked stat holiday. The Government of Nova Scotia sets out the above noted holidays as statutory holidays however there are non-statutory holidays that are recognized as “retail closing days”. These “retail closing days” can be treated as paid holidays by any employer at their discretion, the holidays are;

  1. Easter Monday after Easter Sunday
  2. Victoria Day on the immediate Monday before May 25th
  3. Thanksgiving Day on the second Monday in October
  4. Boxing Day on December 26th

If an employee works on an approved paid stat holiday they are entitled to time and a half pay or 1.5 times their regular wages for that day as well as payment for the stat holiday itself.

Vacation Time and Vacation Pay for Employees Working in Nova Scotia

Vacation time minimums are; 

  • 2 weeks per calendar year after 12 months of continuous employment at 4% of gross earnings and
  • 3 weeks of vacation time after 8 years of continuous employment at 6% of gross earnings.

So what does an employer need to include for “gross earnings” when calculating vacation pay? Your gross earnings calculation for Nova Scotia employees should include regular earnings, overtime pay, public holiday pay, commissions and bonuses. Do NOT include tips or gratuities in your vacation pay calculation.

Further information on Nova Scotia employee standards can be found via the Government of Nova Scotia’s website.

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New Brunswick Vacation Pay and Stat Holiday Guidelines

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Nov 19, 2014 8:46:00 AM

New Brunswick Vacation Pay and Stat Holiday GuidelinesNew Brunswick Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement is our 7th post in The Payroll Edge series ``Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement`` where we outline Canadian employment compliance standards by province to assist you in hiring and paying a Canadian worker.

As a PEO in Canada, who partners with U.S. and foreign based companies looking to hire workers in Canada, we`re often asked about whether there`s a difference in statutory holiday`s and vacation pay entitlements between our 13 provinces and territories. Every province and territory in Canada has variable holidays and different eligibility rules around paying the employee for time off. These rules apply to part time, full time, hourly and salaried employees.

The following information was sourced from and is set out by The Government of New Brunswick Employment Standards Act.

Paid Statutory Holidays in the Province of New Brunswick

1.  New Year`s Day on January 1st

2.  Good Friday the Friday before Easter Sunday

3.  Canada Day on July 1st

4.  New Brunswick Day on the 1st Monday in August

5.  Labour Day on the 1st Monday in September

6.  Christmas Day on December 25th  

New Brunswick has the least amount of public paid stat holiday`s in a calendar year compared to all other provinces and territories in Canada. However, we would like to note there are 3 optional holidays at the discretion of the employer that may be included with a New Brunswick employment agreement; Victoria Day on the Monday before May 25, Thanksgiving on the 2nd Monday in October and Remembrance Day on November 11.

Unlike in the United States, Canadian employees are entitled to take a day off with pay for these holidays. Should a New Brunswick employee work on a statutory holiday they are entitled to `time and a half` for hours worked plus the pay owed to them for the stat holiday itself.  

Vacation Pay Guidelines for Employees Living and Working in New Brunswick

For New Brunswick employees with less than 8 years of service, entitlements are 4% of earned wages in vacation pay. When calculating a New Brunswick employee`s 4% vacation pay include only their regular wages, do NOT include overtime pay, public holiday pay  commissions, bonuses, tips or gratuities. Vacation time is 2 weeks per calendar year OR 1 day per month.

After 8 years of continuous employment with an employer, a New Brunswick employee is entitled to 6% vacation pay along with 3 weeks of vacation time.

For further information on how to pay a Canadian employee in the province of New Brunswick, visit the Government of New or Nouveau Brunswick.

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Yukon Territory Vacation Pay and Time Entitlement

Posted by Stacey Duggan

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Nov 4, 2014 8:05:00 AM

Yukon Territory Vacation Pay and Time EntitlementYukon Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement is the sixth post in The Payroll Edge series “Employee Vacation & Stat Holiday Entitlement” where we outline Canadian employment compliance standards by province to assist you in hiring a Canadian worker.

As a PEO in Canada, who regularly partners with U.S. or foreign companies looking to hire in Canada, we’re often asked about whether there are stat and vacation pay differences between provinces and territories. Every province has different holidays and different eligibility rules around paying the employee for time off. These rules apply to part time, full time, hourly or salaried employees.

The following information was sourced from and is set out by The Yukon Employment Standards Act.

Yukon Territory has Nine Public Paid Stat Holidays:

  1. New Year’s Day on January 1
  2. Good Friday on the Friday before Easter
  3. Victoria Day on the Monday before May 25
  4. Canada Day on July 1
  5. Discovery Day on 3rd Monday in August
  6. Labour Day on 1st Monday in September
  7. Thanksgiving on 2nd Monday in October
  8. Remembrance Day on November 11
  9. Christmas Day on December 25

If your Canadian employee does not normally work on the day of the statutory holiday, they must meet the following criteria to be eligible to get paid for the stat holiday:

  • the employee must have been employed 30 calendar days before the holiday;
  • the employee must work their last scheduled shift before and their first scheduled shift after the holiday (unless they have specific permission or if the absence is permitted by the Employment Standards Act such as a job protected leave of absence);
  • the employee must work on the holiday if called to work in which case, they would be entitled to time and a half for the hours worked or 1.5 times their regular wages as well as being paid for the holiday.

If a public holiday falls on a day the employee normally does not work, the following working day will be considered the public holiday for the employee.

Vacation Pay and Entitlement

How much Vacation is a Yukon Territory employee entitled to?

Employees are entitled to two weeks of vacation time following one year of continuous employment! The employer and employee can sign an agreement stating the employee will not take vacation time. Still most employees would appreciate an annual vacation and generally need one to recharge. Regardless of the terms agreed to for vacation time an employee based in Yukon Territory is entitled to their earned vacation pay.

How much Vacation Pay is an Employee working in Yukon Territory entitled to?

A Canadian employee working in Yukon Territory is entitled to 4% of earned wages for their vacation pay. Earned wages includes; regular earnings, overtime pay, public holiday pay, and commissions. When calculating the 4% of earned wages do not include; bonuses or tips and gratuities.

Download The Payroll Edge`s Canadian Vacation Pay and Entitlement Chart here.

For further information on Yukon Territory’s Employment Standards please visit the Department of Community Services on their website.

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