Holiday Entitlement in Canada

National Holidays in Canada :: Provincial Holidays :: Vacation allowance in Canada

During the first five years with a Canadian employer, most people get ten days vacation. Thereafter 15 days is usual.

In the Medical Laboratory
In the Medical Laboratory

If you have a reasonable amount of experience in your industry, an employer might agree to your having 15 days holiday from the start.

It’s best not to assume that all employers will be agreeable to this suggestion though, regardless of how extensive your experience may be.

Your vacation days build up with time worked. In the eyes of some employers, this means you may need to work a whole year before they will allow you to take your ten or 15 days off. Others may be more flexible.

In addition to your vacation entitlement, your working year is brightened by Canada’s national and provincial holidays.

Canada has ten national holidays. In 2006, these will be as follows: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Good Friday (Apr. 14), Easter Monday (Apr. 17), Victoria Day (May 22), Canada Day (Jul. 1), Labour Day (Sep. 4), Thanksgiving Day (Oct. 9), Remembrance Day (Nov. 11), Christmas (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26).

Most of Canada’s provinces have a further day’s holiday over and above the national holidays.

Workers in Alberta enjoy two days’ provincial holiday.

Newfoundland is particularly laid-back, offering its lucky residents six days of provincial holidays

If you’re fortunate, your employer might increase your number of vacation days by closing between Christmas Day and the first of January. Many employers don’t do this though, so don’t count on it.

National and Provincial Holidays

Statutory Holiday Entitlement

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