Statutory holidays in British Columbia 2017 and 2018

There are 5 nationwide and 4 provincial holidays in BC plus Easter Monday, which is a bank holiday and commemorated by federal employees only.

The four provincial holidays are Victoria Day, British Columbia Day, Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day. British Columbia Day is observed on the first Monday in August similar to civic holidays in other provinces.

Boxing Day is not an official holiday in BC but Remembrance Day is.

Cottage facts: BC is the 2nd biggest cottage-crazy province (called "cabins" in BC) in Canada after Ontario but the gap is closing between the two provinces every year. Because of its mountains many people prefer to rent a cabin in British Columbia during the summer holidays versus renting in Ontario.

View a list of Statutory Holidays British Columbia on the official British Columbia government's website and more details on legal issues.

Below are all stat holidays in BC for 2017 and 2018 including dates of observances:

Holiday 2017 2018
New Year's Day
January 1
Sun, January 1 Mon, January 1
BC Family Day
Second Monday in February
Mon, February 13 Mon, February 12
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, April 14 Fri, March 30
Easter Monday *
Government employees only
Mon, April 17 Mon, April 2
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 22 Mon, May 21
Canada Day
July 1
Sat, July 1 Sun, July 1
British Columbia Day
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
Mon, August 7 Mon, August 6
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 4 Mon, September 3
Thanksgiving
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 9 Mon, October 8
Remembrance Day
November 11
Sat, November 11 Sun, November 11
Christmas Day
December 25
Mon, December 25 Tue, December 25
Boxing Day *
December 26
Tue, December 26 Wed, December 26

Pay eligibility and holiday payment

To get paid on a BC statutory holiday an employee must have been an employee for at least 30 days before the holiday out of which he/she must have earned wages for at least 15 days.

If an employee is required to work on a stat holiday he/she must be paid 1.5 x wages for the first 12 hours and 2 x wages afterwards in addition to the regular day's wage. Not a bad deal at all.

Go to the list of Canadian national stat holidays.

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