Table of contents
Alberta employment standards rules
- Alberta general holidays
- Averaging arrangements
- Deductions from earnings
Exceptions for specific industries
- Ambulance attendants
- Brush clearing
- Domestic employees
- Farm and ranch
- Federally regulated industries
- Field catering
- Geophysical exploration
- Highway and railway construction
- Irrigation district employees
- Land surveying
- Logging and lumbering
- Lookout observers
- Mobile workover or completion service drilling
- Oil and gas continuous operations
- Oilwell servicing
- Road construction and maintenance
- Roadbuilding or heavy construction
- Salespersons and direct sellers
- Taxi cab drivers
- Trucking industry
- General holidays and pay
- Group terminations
- Hours of work and rest
- Bereavement leave
- Citizenship ceremony leave
- Compassionate care leave
- COVID-19 leave
- COVID-19 vaccination leave
- Critical illness leave
- Death or disappearance of child leave
- Domestic violence leave
- Long-term illness and injury leave
- Maternity and parental leave
- Personal and family responsibility leave
- Reservist leave
- Minimum wage
- Overtime hours and overtime pay
- Payment of earnings
- Temporary layoffs
- Termination and termination pay
- Vacations and vacation pay
- Youth employment laws
- Complaints, tips and appeals
- Permits and variances
- Education and resources
- Contact Employment Standards
- Employees are eligible for citizenship ceremony leave if they have been employed at least 90 days with the same employer.
- A citizenship ceremony is when a certificate of citizenship is received, as provided for under the Citizenship Act (Canada) and regulations made under that Act.
- Eligible employees can take time off work without risk of losing their job.
- Employers must grant citizenship ceremony leave to eligible employees and give them their same, or equivalent, job back when the employee returns to work.
- Employers aren’t required to pay wages or benefits during leave, unless stated in an employment contract or collective agreement.
- Employees on citizenship ceremony leave are considered to be continuously employed for the purposes of calculating years of service.
Employees are eligible for citizenship ceremony leave if they have been employed at least 90 days with the same employer.
Employees are only eligible for this leave once, upon acquiring Canadian citizenship.
Employees with less than 90 days of employment may still be granted leave. However, their employers aren’t required under employment standards legislation to grant them leave.
Length of leave
An employee can take up to a half-day of citizenship ceremony leave. Any leave days not used by an employee cannot be carried over into a new calendar year.
An employee must give an employer notice as soon as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.
Termination of employment
An employer may not terminate the employment or lay off an employee for requesting or while on citizenship ceremony leave. Any leave days not used by an employee do not have to be paid out by the employer if employment terminates.
An employee who feels they have been improperly terminated can file an employment standards complaint.
How the law applies
Part 2, Division 7.6 of the Employment Standards Code sets out the rules for leave for citizenship ceremony. The legislation entitles eligible employees to a period of leave without pay, at the end of which they must be reinstated in their same, or an equivalent, job.
Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.
Was this page helpful?
Your submissions are monitored by our web team and are used to help improve the experience on Alberta.ca.