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Working on a Public Holiday

Some employees may be required to work on a public holiday. Employees who work on a public holiday, including professionals and operators of group homes approved by Social Services, are entitled to both public holiday pay and a premium pay of 1.5 times their hourly wage for each hour worked. Premium pay is paid on top of the employee’s public holiday pay for that day.


A retail store manager comes into work for eight hours on Canada Day. The manager is paid $20/hour. The manager has earned $2,400 in wages and $800 in vacation pay over the last four weeks. The calculation would be as follows:

Public Holiday Pay Calculation

Regular wages  = $2,400.00
Vacation pay = $800.00
Total earnings = $3,200.00
Public holiday pay (total earnings x 0.05) = $160.00

Public Holiday Premium Pay (Working on a Public Holiday)

Hourly rate x number of hours worked
($20/hour x 8 hours)
= $160.00
Total premium pay (public holiday wage x 1.5) = $240.00

The retail manager would earn $400 for working on the public holiday ($160.00 public holiday pay + $240.00 premium pay).

Regular reporting for duty pay rules apply. If an employer schedules an employee to work on a public holiday, the employee will receive premium pay, at 1.5 times their hourly wage, for all hours worked. However, if the amount of the premium pay for the hours worked is less than what the employee would have received for reporting for duty pay, the employee will be paid for three hours of work at their hourly wage. The employee scheduled to work on a public holiday is paid the greater amount of premium pay or reporting for duty pay.


An employee who earns $15 per hour is called in to work for one hour on a public holiday. The employee must be paid reporting for duty pay of $45 because this is more than the employee’s premium pay rate of $22.50 for the hour worked. If the employee worked for three hours, the employee would have been paid premium pay of $67.50 as this would have been more than the employee’s reporting for duty pay.


Employees operating well drilling rigs are exempt from premium pay and receive their regular hourly rate for each hour worked plus any overtime worked. They are entitled to public holiday pay.

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