It is important for employers to know the rules around statutory holiday time off and pay. There are 10 statutory or public holidays employees are entitled to under the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA).
This blog gives an overview of Saskatchewan stat holidays in 2023 and explains the procedure for calculating stat holiday pay.
What are the 10 stat holidays in Saskatchewan?
Employers in Saskatchewan should be aware of the following public holidays:
New Year’s Day: January 1, 2023
Family Day: February 20, 2023
Good Friday: April 7, 2023
Victoria Day: May 22, 2023
Canada Day: July 1, 2023
Saskatchewan Day: August 7, 2023
Labour Day: September 4, 2023
Thanksgiving Day: October 9, 2023
Remembrance Day: November 11, 2023
Christmas Day: December 25, 2023
Please note that Easter Monday, Christmas Eve, and Boxing Day are not stat holidays in Saskatchewan.
Is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a stat holiday in Saskatchewan?
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30) is not a stat holiday in Saskatchewan for provincially regulated workplaces. However, it is a stat holiday for federally regulated workplaces or those who have a collective bargaining agreement to observe federal stat holidays.
How is statutory holiday pay calculated in Saskatchewan?
Employees in Saskatchewan are entitled to 5% of their regular wages earned in the 28 days before a public holiday as stat holiday pay. This includes vacation pay for vacation taken during the four weeks before the public holiday.
But stat holiday pay calculation is different for construction workers who are paid by the hour. It is 4% of wages (excluding overtime and vacation pay) earned in the calendar year. Employers are required to pay hourly-paid construction staff their stat holiday pay on or before December 31, or within 14 days of termination.
What about Saskatchewan stat holiday pay for new employees?
Even if a worker has been employed for less than four weeks before the statutory holiday, they are entitled to stat holiday pay for the wages earned during that time. But if an employee is terminated before a stat holiday, they would not receive stat holiday pay for that holiday.
What happens if a Saskatchewan stat holiday falls on a Sunday?
If your business is closed on Sunday and Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as a stat holiday. But if you are open on Sunday then stat holiday pay rules apply to that Sunday.
Please note that according to federal law, when Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on Monday, July 2.
Are all employees eligible for stat holiday pay in Saskatchewan?
Yes. All employees are entitled to stat holiday pay for the 10 Saskatchewan stat holidays regardless of how they are paid or their hours of work. But special stat holiday pay rules apply to those employed in:
- Operation of a well-drilling rig
- Commercial hog operations
- Hospitals, educational institutions, nursing homes, hotels, and restaurants (full-time staff)
How will stat holiday pay be calculated if my staff works on a public holiday?
Employees who work on a stat holiday in Saskatchewan are entitled to regular stat holiday pay plus premium stat pay.
Premium stat holiday pay = 1.5 x regular wage x hours worked.
Have more questions about calculating statutory holiday pay?
As a small business owner, it is important that you know how to manage stat holiday pay and entitlements correctly. Exactly what type of stat holiday pay your employees are entitled to differs for each province. If you are unsure about your responsibilities when it comes to calculating statutory holiday pay, Peninsula can help. Consult our HR experts call us today at 1 (833) 247-3652 to get advice on developing a stat holiday pay and entitlement policy tailored to your business.