Changes to general holiday pay and overtime banking that were passed as part of Bill 2: An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business take effect September 1. This page has been updated to reflect these new rules.

Basic rules

  • The overtime rule for employees of irrigation districts is 9 hours per day or 54 hours per week, whichever is greater.

Who’s considered an irrigation district employee?

An irrigation district employee is someone who is employed by an irrigation district, and does not primarily work in an office.

For these provisions to be applicable to an employee they must meet the definition above and:

  • be employed full time
  • paid wages on a monthly basis

Hours of work and pay

The standard overtime rule of hours worked in excess of 8 hours a day or 44 hours a week, whichever is greater, doesn’t apply to employees of irrigation districts.

Exceptions to the minimum standards for regular and overtime hours

Employees must receive overtime:

  • for hours worked in excess of 9 hours a day or 54 hours a week, whichever is greater

Regular rules for overtime pay rates and banked overtime apply.

What additional Employment Standards apply?

In addition to the special provisions outlined above, all other minimum standards for employment apply to irrigation district employees.  Additional information on these rules can be found at:

How the law applies

Part 3, Division 4 of the Employment Standards Regulation outlines the provisions for irrigation district employees.

Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.