Winter vacation cheques

November 15, 2016

The winter holidays are just around the corner, and this year the winter construction holiday will take place from December 25, 2016, to January 7, 2017, inclusive.

On November 23, 2016, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) will mail out 131,272 vacation cheques to construction workers in Québec. A total of $294,725,125.43 will be distributed across the province.

The CCQ sends workers vacation pay twice a year: in late June for the amounts credited between July and December of the previous year, and in late November for the amounts credited from January to June of the current year.

Every month, employers send the CCQ vacation pay for the statutory holidays and obligatory annual vacations set out in the collective agreements. These amounts represent 13% of the salary earned by workers during each week of work:

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

Here is some important information concerning the vacation cheques:

The cheque is cashable starting November 23, 2016.

The cheque represents vacation pay accumulated from January to June 2016.

A statement of hours worked is attached to the cheque.

The social insurance number is not given on the statement. It has been replaced by the CCQ client number.

A change of address submitted to the CCQ by October 28, 2016, is considered if it comes into effect by November 23. If this is not the case, the employee must make sure to have his or her mail forwarded to the new address by Canada Post.

If the employee’s file has the notation “mailing blocked,” the cheque is issued only following correction of the address at the CCQ. In this case, cheques are reissued on Mondays and Wednesdays until December 2016. The hours worked statement is not included with the reissued cheque. The employee must contact the CCQ’s Customer Services to obtain it.

If the cheque is not delivered after 10 days from the mailing date or if the cheque has been damaged, the worker must contact the CCQ’s Customer Services, which will send him or her a declaration that must be sworn before a commissioner of oaths specifying that the addressee has not received his or her cheque. When the CCQ receives this declaration, it will make the necessary verifications.

Problems with the cheque

If there is an error on the Relevé des congés et jours fériés payés, du régime de retraite et des cotisations syndicales, the worker must contact his or her employer, who may make the necessary corrections, if applicable. If there is a dispute, the worker must make a salary complaint.

If the employer has not sent the CCQ the amounts due, the letter “N,” for “not received,” will appear on the statement. The sums due may be the 13% of the salary mentioned above (vacation pay), union dues, or social benefits. You should know that the CCQ takes all measures necessary to recover the money that has not been received. By making a salary complaint, you may contribute to the verification and, at the same time, obtain more information concerning your case.

In addition, to be eligible for the Compensation Fund, in the case of an employer’s insolvency, the salary complaint must be submitted to the CCQ within 60 days, as provided in the regulation.

Vacation statement in the online services

Workers may find the most updated version of their vacation statement in the online services. In fact, if payments do not appear on the paper statement, it is possible that between production of the statement and its receipt by the worker, the employer had proceeded with payment.

We therefore ask workers to consult their files in the online services to validate the information.

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