Statutory Holiday Pay Rules - British Columbia

Calculation of Statutory Holiday Pay in British Columbia is defined as follows:

To be eligible for statutory holiday pay an employee must have:

  • been employed for 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday; and
  • worked or earned wages on 15 of the 30 days before the statutory holiday.

To determine this eligibility in ELF, employee must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Employee/worker status is 'Active' (i.e. not 'Terminated' or 'Inactive').
  2. Employee's "First date worked" is at least 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday.
  3. Employee/worker has a minimum of 15 days with 'Delivered' or 'Paid' timesheet records with a work date within the 30 calendar day period before the statutory holiday and unique work dates (i.e. timesheets with the same work date are counted only as one (1) day worked).

Calculation of Statutory Pay amount for Eligible Employees:

  • When an employee is given a day off on a statutory holiday, or it falls on a regular day off, an eligible employee is entitled to be paid an average day’s pay. An average day’s pay is calculated by dividing “total wages” earned in the 30 calendar days before the statutory holiday by the number of days worked.
  • Vacation days taken during this period count as days worked.
  • “Total wages” includes wages, commissions, statutory holiday pay and vacation pay but does not include overtime pay.


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