Statutory holidays


  • You may have to work on a statutory holiday. Businesses that are generally open on statutory holidays, such as convenience stores or hotels, may ask their employees to work on these holidays. In this case, you will be entitled to an indemnity or compensatory leave in addition to your wages
  • If you were absent without valid reason on the working day before or after the statutory holiday, you will not benefit from the advantages stipulated in the Act
  • Part-time employees, employees on call and casual employees are also entitled to the statutory holiday indemnity or the compensatory leave
  • The requirements to be entitled to an indemnity are different for the National Holiday

It is important to jot down your working hours each day and to keep your pay stubs.

In case of disagreement

Check your rights

Make sure that you know your rights well by consulting the section What the Act says.

Meet with your employer

Clarify the situation and, wherever possible, resolve the problem.

This approach often allows you and your employer to settle the problem and to avoid having to file a complaint with the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail. It is in your interest and that of your employer.

If you prefer to write to your employer, this model letter (Word, 24.5 Ko) can help you inform him of your concerns.

File a complaint

If necessary, get in touch with the Service des renseignements for more information.

If the steps taken have not produced the desired results, file your complaint as soon as possible to avoid losing your rights.