Alberta general holidays

Alberta has nine general (statutory) holidays. These standards come into effect on January 1, 2018.

The legislation on this page comes into effect on January 1, 2018

For information on Employment Standards legislation that is in force until December 31, 2017, go to http://work.alberta.ca/employment-standards/alberta-general-holidays.html

Basic rules

Most employees, full-time and part-time, are entitled to paid general holidays immediately after starting their employment.

General holiday Definition of holiday 2017 2018 2019

New Year’s Day

January 1 January 1 January 1 January 1

Alberta Family Day

Third Monday in February February 20 February 19 February 18

Good Friday

Friday before Easter April 14 March 30 April 19

Victoria Day

Monday before May 25 May 22 May 21 May 20

Canada Day

July 1, except when it falls on a Sunday, then it is July 2 July 1 July 2 July 1

Labour Day

First Monday in September September 4 September 3 September 2

Thanksgiving Day

Second Monday in October October 9 October 8 October 14

Remembrance Day

November 11 November 11 November 11 November 11

Christmas Day

December 25 December 25 December 25 December 25

Optional general holidays

If an employer agrees to designate additional general holidays for their employees, all employment standards rules related to general holiday pay still apply for these additional holidays. Employees should confirm this and any pay entitlements with their employer.

Optional general holidays in Alberta include:

Optional holiday Definition of holiday 2017 2018 2019
Easter Monday First Monday following Easter

April 17

April 2

April 22

Heritage Day First Monday in August August 7 August 6 August 5
Boxing Day December 26 December 26 December 26 December 26

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

New Year’s Day is on January 1 every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on New Year’s Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for New Year’s Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on New Year’s Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on New Year’s Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Family Day

Family Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Family Day is on the 3rd Monday of February every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Family Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Family Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on Family Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Family Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Good Friday

Good Friday is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Good Friday is a religious holiday falling on the Friday before Easter Sunday every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Good Friday.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Good Friday, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rates

If an employee doesn’t work on Good Friday, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Good Friday, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Victoria Day

Victoria Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta – a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Victoria Day falls on the Monday before May 25 every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Victoria Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Victoria Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on Victoria Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Victoria Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Canada Day

Canada Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Canada Day is on July 1 every year except when it falls on a Sunday, then it’s on July 2.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Canada Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Canada Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on Canada Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Canada Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Labour Day

Labour Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Labour Day is on the 1st Monday in September every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Labour Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Labour Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on Labour Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Labour Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Thanksgiving Day is on the 2nd Monday in October every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Thanksgiving Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rate

If an employee doesn’t work on Thanksgiving Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Thanksgiving Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta – a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Remembrance Day is on November 11 every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on this holiday.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Remembrance Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rates

If an employee doesn’t work on Remembrance Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Remembrance Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta, which is a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Christmas Day is on December 25 every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Christmas Day.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Christmas Day, employees must:

  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rates

If an employee doesn’t work on Christmas Day, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.

If an employee works on Christmas Day, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:

  • at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, or
  • standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage