Statutory holidays in British Columbia
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. Family day is a new statutory holiday in BC as of 2013.
Cottage facts: BC is the 2nd biggest cottage-crazy province 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 cottage in British Columbia during the summer holidays versus renting in Ontario.
Here is a list of stat holidays in BC for 2013-2014 including dates of observances:
|New Year's Day
|Tue, January 1||Wed, January 1|
2nd Monday in February
|Mon, Feb 11||Mon, Feb 10|
Friday before Easter Sunday
|Fri, March 29||Fri, April 18|
|Easter Monday *
Government employees only
|Mon, April 1||Mon, April 21|
Monday before May 25
|Mon, May 20||Mon, May 19|
|Mon, July 1||Tue, July 1|
|British Columbia Day
Monday after the 1st Sunday of August
|Mon, August 5||Mon, August 4|
First Monday in September
|Mon, September 2||Mon, September 1|
Second Monday in October
|Mon, October 14||Mon, October 13|
|Mon, November 11||Tue, November 11|
|Wed, December 25||Thu, December 25|
* For federally regulated employers only, other employers are not required to give the day off.
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.
List of Statutory Holidays British Columbia on the official British Columbia government's website and more details on legal issues.