Construction holidays and vacations

The dates of the paid statutory holidays and obligatory annual vacation are determined in the collective agreements.
Twice a year, the CCQ sends workers a vacation cheque

The construction vacations

Summer 2018
Fom July 22 to August 4, 2018

Winter 2018–2019
From December 23, 2018, to January 5, 2019, inclusive

The statutory holidays 

  • Good Friday (March 30, 2018)
  • Easter Monday (April 2, 2018)
  • La fête de Dollard (Journée nationale des Patriotes or Victoria Day) (May 21, 2018)
  • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) is a paid statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. For 2018, the paid statutory holiday is June 25
  • Canada Day. For 2018, the paid statutory holiday is July 2
  • Labour Day (September 3, 2018)
  • Thanksgiving (October 8, 2018)
  • Remembrance Day (November 12, 2018)
  • Christmas (December 25, 2018)
  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2019)

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.

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