Holidays and vacations

The collective agreements in the industry determine the statutory public holidays and the annual obligatory vacation periods, commonly known as the construction holidays. Every year, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) publishes the Construction Industry's calendar.

Allowances and payments

Every month, employers send to the CCQ the required allowance for obligatory vacations and statutory public holidays set out in the collective agreements and credited to each worker. These sums amount to 13% of the salary earned in each week of work:

  • 6% for annual vacations
  • 5.5% for statutory public holidays
  • 1.5% for sick leave.

Twice a year, the CCQ pays allowances to workers. A cheque sent by mail at the end of June for amounts credited between July and December of the preceding year and in November for the amounts credited between January and June of the current year.

Statutory Public Holidays 2013-2014

  • Remembrance Day (November 10, 2014)
  • Christmas Day (December 25, 2014)
  • New Year's Day (January 1, 2015)
  • Good Friday (April 3, 2015)
  • Easter Monday (April 6, 2015)
  • Fête de Dollard (Journée nationale des Patriotes or Victoria Day) (May 18, 2015)
  • Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (Fête Nationale) is a statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. In 2015, the statutory public holiday is June 24
  • Canada Day (July 3, 2015) 
  • Labour Day (September 7, 2015)
  • Thanksgiving Day (October 12, 2015)
  • Remembrance Day (November 9, 2015)
  • Christmas Day (December 25, 2015)

Obligatory annual vacations: the construction holidays

The well-known construction holiday was made official in 1970 by a government decree and took effect for the first time in Québec in the summer of 1971. This holiday is one of the working conditions to which employers and workers have agreed.

But take note! Although the collective agreements account for the closing of sites during these holidays, they also include certain exceptions.

It is estimated that during this part of the summer, about one quarter of Québec's working population is on vacation! Thus, for more than 35 years, the last two complete civil weeks (Sunday to Saturday) of July have marked the construction holidays. This tradition was slightly modified in 2008,  2009 and 2011.

Less well known is the obligatory annual winter vacation. Just as during the summer holiday, construction sites are closed for two weeks during the holiday period around Christmas and New Year's.

Construction holidays

  • For winter 2014-2015: December 21, 2014 to January 3, 2015 inclusive.
  • For summer 2015 : July 19, to August 1  2015

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