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$387 MILLION DISTRIBUTED IN VACATION CHEQUES

July 11, 2014

On June 23, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) sent out more than 155,000 vacation cheques to Québec construction workers throughout the province – for a total of $387 million distributed. Each year, most of this money is spent in Québec. This way, the construction industry is proud to give a boost to the economic vitality of our regions.

This figure is a drop of 2.9% in the total value of cheques compared to the amounts paid out in 2013 – which was a record year due to the very high volume of activity recorded the preceding year.

Any workers who have not received their cheque or notice an error in the cheque should contact the CCQ as soon as possible.

The money sent out in vacation cheques was accumulated in the Fonds d'indemnités de congés annuels obligatoires et de jours fériés chômés for the construction workforce between July and December 2013. This fund is administered by the CCQ, and the contributions made to it are determined by sectorial collective agreements.

The construction holiday

This year, the two weeks of vacation for construction workers, commonly known as the construction holiday, will officially begin on Sunday, July 20, and end on Saturday, August 2, inclusive. The dates of this obligatory vacation, which will be taken by most workers and employers in all of the construction sectors, are determined by the collective agreements negotiated by representatives of contractors and workers.

Exclusions

There are, however, exclusions to this two-week summer holiday. The main ones concern emergency, maintenance, renovation, and modification work, as well as many civil engineering and roadwork projects. For part of the residential sector, which is called light residential, it is permitted to delay the vacation period following agreement between contractor and workers. “Light residential” is defined as buildings the frame of which is not composed mainly of beams and columns made of steel, reinforced concrete, or substitutes for these materials.

Following are the amounts paid out per administrative region.

2013

2014

Région administrative

Nombre de chèques

Montant émis

Nombre de chèques

Montant émis

Abitibi-Témiscamingue 3 791 10 279 303 $ 3 600 9 120 411 $
Bas Saint-Laurent-Gaspésie 7 458 21 505 928 $ 7 122 17 649 895 $
Côte-Nord 3 811 13 791 443 $ 3 626 12 498 217 $
Estrie 5 872 13 745 152 $ 5 953 13 498 259 $
Île de Montréal 15 000 33 959 862 $ 14 570 32 277 414 $
Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière 38 092 93 748 389 $ 38 122 94 484 886 $
Mauricie-Bois-Franc 10 708 26 983 970 $ 10 546 25 641 549 $
Montérégie 30 650 76 752 415 $ 30 612 76 328 656 $
Outaouais 6 197 11 575 492 $ 5 911 10 854 026 $
Québec 26 993 70 038 475 $ 27 102 70 795 617 $
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 8 751 26 032 191 $ 8 602 23 903 684 $
Total provincial 157 323 398 412 625 $ 155 766 387 052 618 $