Statutory holidays in British Columbia 2018 and 2019

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

The five provincial holidays are Family Day, 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.

Starting in 2019 Family Day will be observed on the third Monday of February (used to be the second Monday) to coincide with Family Day and other holidays elsewhere in Canada.

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.

Below are all stat holidays in BC for 2018 and 2019 including dates of observances:

Holiday 2018 2019
New Year's Day
January 1
Mon, January 1 Tue, January 1
BC Family Day
Second Monday in February in 2018. Third Monday in February starting 2019.
Mon, February 12 Mon, February 18
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, March 30 Fri, April 19
Easter Monday
Government employees only
Mon, April 2 Mon, April 22
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 21 Mon, May 20
Canada Day
July 1
Sun, July 1 Mon, July 1
British Columbia Day
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
Mon, August 6 Mon, August 5
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 3 Mon, September 2
Thanksgiving
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 8 Mon, October 14
Remembrance Day
November 11
Sun, November 11 Mon, November 11
Christmas Day
December 25
Tue, December 25 Wed, December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
* not an official stat holiday.
Wed, December 26 Thu, 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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