Construction holidays and vacations

The dates of the paid statutory holidays and obligatory annual vacation periods are determined in the collective agreements.

The construction vacations

Summer 2016
From July 24 to August 6, 2016

Winter 2015–16
From December 25, 2016, to January 7, 2017, inclusive

The statutory holidays 

  • La fête de Dollard (Journée nationale des Patriotes or Victoria Day) (May 23, 2016)
  • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) is a paid statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. For 2016, the paid statutory holiday is June 24
  • Canada Day. For 2016, the paid statutory holiday is July 1
  • Labour Day (September 5, 2016)
  • Thanksgiving (October 10, 2016)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11, 2016)
  • Christmas (December 25, 2016)
  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2017)
  • Good Friday (April 14, 2017)
  • Easter Monday (April 17, 2017)

Construction industry calendar

Every year, the CCQ makes this calendar available, which has all the important dates marked. You can download and print it.


During this period, sites must be closed and all work executed must be paid at the applicable wage rate set out in the provisions of the sector-based collective agreements.

There are some exceptions, however, and agreements may be made between employers and employees for certain sites, in particular:
  • Maintenance, repairs, modifications, renovations, or emergencies
  • New construction work for light residential construction
  • Certain types of work set out in the civil engineering and roadwork sector .

Allowances and payments

Twice a year, the CCQ pays allowances to workers: in late June for amounts credited between July and December of the preceding year and in late November for the amounts credited between January and June of the current year.

Every month, employers send to the CCQ the required allowances for paid statutory holidays and obligatory vacations set out in the collective agreements. 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

A bit of history

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 vacation period is one of the working conditions to which employers and workers have agreed.

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

During the rest of the year...

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