Construction holidays and vacations

The dates of the paid statutory holidays and obligatory annual vacation are determined in the collective agreements. For 2017, the holidays running between June and October have been set by ministerial order.

Twice a year, the CCQ sends workers a vacation cheque *

The construction vacations

Summer 2017
Fom July 23 to August 5, 2017

Winter 2017–2018
From December 24, 2017, to January 6, 2018, inclusive

The statutory holidays 

  • Good Friday (April 14, 2017)
  • Easter Monday (April 17, 2017)
  • La fête de Dollard (Journée nationale des Patriotes or Victoria Day) (May 22, 2017)
  • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) is a paid statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. For 2017, the paid statutory holiday is June 23
  • Canada Day. For 2017, the paid statutory holiday is June 30
  • Labour Day (September 4, 2017)
  • Thanksgiving (October 9, 2017)
  • Remembrance Day (November 10, 2017) *
  • Christmas (December 25, 2017) *
  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2018) * 

*  Dates are subject to change following collective agreements negociations.


Construction industry calendar

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

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 has been slightly modified since 2008.

* Dates are subject to change following the outcome of the negotiations around the collective agreements.