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

Construction industry calendar

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

The construction vacations

From July 21 to August 3, 2019

From December 22, 2019, to January 4, 2020, inclusive

The statutory holidays  

  • Good Friday (April 19, 2019)
  • Easter Monday (April 22, 2019)
  • National Patriots' Day (May 20, 2019)
  • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) is a paid statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. For 2019, the paid statutory holiday is June 24
  • Canada Day. For 2019, the paid statutory holiday is July 1
  • Labour Day (September 2, 2019)
  • Thanksgiving (October 14, 2019)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11, 2019)
  • Christmas (December 25, 2019)
  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020)

To consult the dates for the construction holidays and statutory holidays in 2019, click here.


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.

In certain circumstances, the collective agreement stipulates that an employer who wants to have work done during the obligatory annual vacation period must send a notification to the CCQ.

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.