Statutory holidays: Frequently asked questions

Statutory holidays: Frequently asked questions

Every year, as statutory holidays approach, the Commission de la construction du Québec fields a number of questions from construction workers and employers. This section presents answers to the most frequently asked questions and addresses the main issues that arise with respect to statutory holidays.

Statutory Holidays

 

  • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day)

    WHEN IS THE SAINT-JEAN-BAPTISTE DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED (2021–2025 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS)?

    Refer to the Construction Holidays and Vacations section for information on the 2021 to 2024 holidays.

    For more information on this subject, contact your employer association or labour organization.

    CAN I MOVE THIS HOLIDAY TO ANOTHER DATE?

    No. Under the National Holiday Act, it is not possible to move this holiday to a different date.

    For any questions about the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day holiday, contact the CNESST at 1 844 838-0808

    MY EMPLOYER IS ASKING ME TO WORK ON JUNE 24. CAN I FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE CCQ?

    No. You must file a complaint with the CNESST, which is in charge of enforcing the National Holiday Act. 

    AS AN EMPLOYER, HOW SHOULD I BE PAYING FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    This statutory holiday is paid through the 5.5% statutory holiday pay provided for in the collective agreements.

    IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR, CAN EMPLOYEES BE PAID BY MEANS OF THEIR HOURS IN RESERVE TO MAKE UP FOR HOURS ON THAT DAY?

    No. Hours in reserve cannot be used to compensate for the June 24 holiday.

    CAN AN EMPLOYEE WORK ON JUNE 24 AND GET PAID OVERTIME?

    No. Under the National Holiday Act, this is a mandatory holiday and no construction work can be carried out on this date.

    For any questions about the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day holiday, contact the CNESST at 1 844 838-0808.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I REQUEST A WAIVER FROM THE CCQ FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    No. Under the National Holiday Act, this is a mandatory holiday and no construction work can be carried out on this date.

    For any questions about the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day holiday, contact the CNESST at 1 844 838-0808.

    IS THE NORMAL WORK WEEK SHORTENED BY THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    Because of the holiday, the normal work week is shortened, with the following exceptions:


    RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMERCIAL
    INDUSTRIAL CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROADS
    SHORTENED NORMAL WEEK Not applicable
    All trades except insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    All trades except insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    Article 21.05 19)

    The compressed work week is also reduced in the institutional/commercial and industrial sectors.

    IS THE EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO THE PAYMENT OF ROOM AND BOARD?

    Yes, if the employee worked on the working day immediately before or after June 24. 

  • Canada Day

    WHEN IS THE CANADA DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED (2021–2025 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS)?

    Refer to the Construction Holidays and Vacations section for information on the 2021 to 2024 holidays.

    For more information on this subject, contact your employer association or labour organization.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I MOVE THIS HOLIDAY TO ANOTHER DATE?

    No, only the parties that negotiate collective agreements can agree to a date other than July 1, with the exception of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    MY EMPLOYER IS ASKING ME TO WORK ON THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY. CAN I FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE CCQ?

    Yes, you can file a report with the CCQ.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, HOW SHOULD I BE PAYING FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    This statutory holiday is paid through the 5.5% statutory holiday pay provided for in the collective agreements.

    IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR, CAN EMPLOYEES BE PAID BY MEANS OF THEIR HOURS IN RESERVE TO MAKE UP FOR HOURS ON THAT DAY?

    No. Hours in reserve cannot be used to compensate for the Canada Day holiday.

    CAN AN EMPLOYEE WORK ON THE CANADA DAY STATUTORY HOLIDAY AND GET PAID OVERTIME?

    All work performed on a statutory holiday is considered overtime.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I REQUEST A WAIVER FROM THE CCQ FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    No. Only the parties that negotiate collective agreements can agree to a date other than July 1, with the exception of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    IS THE NORMAL WORK WEEK SHORTENED BY THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    Because of the holiday, the normal work week is shortened, with the following exceptions:


    RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMERCIAL
    INDUSTRIAL CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROADS
    SHORTENED NORMAL WEEK Not applicable
    All trades except insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    All trades except insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    Article 21.05 19)

    The compressed work week is also reduced in the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors.


    IS THE EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO THE PAYMENT OF ROOM AND BOARD?

    Yes, if the employee worked on the working day immediately before or after the statutory holiday.

  • Labour Day

    WHEN IS THE LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED (2021–2025 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS)?

    Refer to the Construction Holidays and Vacations section for information on the 2021 to 2024 holidays.

    For more information on this subject, contact your employer association or labour organization. 


    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I MOVE THIS HOLIDAY TO ANOTHER DATE?

    No, only the parties in charge of negotiating collective agreements can settle on dates other than those negotiated. However, an exception is made in the case of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.


    MY EMPLOYER IS ASKING ME TO WORK ON THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY. CAN I FILE A GRIEVANCE WITH THE CCQ?

    Yes, you can report the situation to the CCQ.


    AS AN EMPLOYER, HOW SHOULD I BE PAYING FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    This statutory holiday is paid through the 5.5% statutory holiday pay provided for in the collective agreements.


    IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR, CAN EMPLOYEES BE PAID BY MEANS OF THEIR HOURS IN RESERVE TO MAKE UP FOR HOURS ON THAT DAY?

    No. Reserve hours cannot be used to compensate for a statutory holiday.


    CAN AN EMPLOYEE WORK ON THE LABOUR DAY STATUTORY HOLIDAY AND GET PAID OVERTIME?

    All work performed on a statutory holiday is considered overtime.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I REQUEST A WAIVER FROM THE CCQ FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    No, only the parties in charge of negotiating collective agreements can settle on dates other than those stipulated in the collective agreements. However, an exception is made in the case of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    IS THE NORMAL WORK WEEK SHORTENED BY THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    Because of the holiday, the normal work week is shortened, with the following exceptions:


    RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMERCIAL
    INDUSTRIAL CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROADS
    SHORTENED NORMAL WEEK Not applicable

    All trades except: insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.

    All trades except: insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    Article 21.05 19)

    For a compressed schedule in the institutional/commercial and industrial sectors, the work week is also shortened.

    IS THE EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO THE PAYMENT OF ROOM AND BOARD?

    Yes, if the employee worked on the working day immediately before or after the statutory holiday.

  • Thanksgiving

    WHEN IS THE THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED (2021–2025 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS)?

    Refer to the Construction Holidays and Vacations section for information on the 2021 to 2024 holidays.

    For more information on this subject, contact your employer association or labour organization.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I MOVE THIS HOLIDAY TO ANOTHER DATE?

    No, only the parties in charge of negotiating collective agreements can settle on dates other than those negotiated. However, an exception is made in the case of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    MY EMPLOYER IS ASKING ME TO WORK ON THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY. CAN I FILE A GRIEVANCE WITH THE CCQ?

    Yes, you can report the situation to the CCQ.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, HOW SHOULD I BE PAYING FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    This statutory holiday is paid through the 5.5% statutory holiday pay provided for in the collective agreements.

    IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR, CAN EMPLOYEES BE PAID BY MEANS OF THEIR HOURS IN RESERVE TO MAKE UP FOR HOURS ON THAT DAY?

    No. Reserve hours cannot be used to compensate for a statutory holiday.

    CAN AN EMPLOYEE WORK ON THE THANKSGIVING DAY STATUTORY HOLIDAY AND GET PAID OVERTIME?

    All work performed on a statutory holiday is considered overtime.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I REQUEST A WAIVER FROM THE CCQ FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    No, only the parties in charge of negotiating collective agreements can settle on dates other than those stipulated in the collective agreements. However, an exception is made in the case of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    IS THE NORMAL WORK WEEK SHORTENED BY THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    Because of the holiday, the normal work week is shortened, with the following exceptions:

      RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROADS
    SHORTENED NORMAL WEEK Not applicable Not applicable All trades except: insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    All trades except: insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
     Article 21.05 19)

    For a compressed schedule in the institutional/commercial and industrial sectors, the work week is also shortened.

    IS THE EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO THE PAYMENT OF ROOM AND BOARD?

    Yes, if the employee worked on the working day immediately before or after the statutory holiday.

  • Remembrance Day

    WHEN IS THE REMEMBRANCE DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED (2021–2025 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS)?

    Refer to the Construction Holidays and Vacations section for information on the 2021 to 2024 holidays.

    For more information on this subject, contact your employer association or labour organization.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I MOVE THIS HOLIDAY TO ANOTHER DATE?

    No, only the parties in charge of negotiating collective agreements can settle on dates other than those negotiated. However, an exception is made in the case of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    MY EMPLOYER IS ASKING ME TO WORK ON THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY. CAN I FILE A GRIEVANCE WITH THE CCQ?

    Yes, you can report the situation to the CCQ.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, HOW SHOULD I BE PAYING FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    This statutory holiday is paid through the 5.5% statutory holiday pay provided for in the collective agreements.

    IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR, CAN EMPLOYEES BE PAID BY MEANS OF THEIR HOURS IN RESERVE TO MAKE UP FOR HOURS ON THAT DAY?

    No. Reserve hours cannot be used to compensate for a statutory holiday.

    CAN AN EMPLOYEE WORK ON THE REMEMBRANCE DAY STATUTORY HOLIDAY AND GET PAID OVERTIME?

    All work performed on a statutory holiday is considered overtime.

    AS AN EMPLOYER, CAN I REQUEST A WAIVER FROM THE CCQ FOR THIS STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    No, only the parties in charge of negotiating collective agreements can settle on dates other than those stipulated in the collective agreements. However, an exception is made in the case of an employer assigning a security systems installer to maintenance and repair work.

    IS THE NORMAL WORK WEEK SHORTENED BY THE STATUTORY HOLIDAY?

    Because of the holiday, the normal work week is shortened, with the following exceptions:

      RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ROADS
    SHORTENED NORMAL WEEK Not applicable Not applicable All trades except: insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
    All trades except: insulator, roofer, electrician, tinsmith, elevator mechanic, millwright, ironworker, pipefitter, fire protection mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, security systems installer, watchman.
     Article 21.05 19)

    For a compressed schedule in the institutional/commercial and industrial sectors, the work week is also shortened.

    IS THE EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO THE PAYMENT OF ROOM AND BOARD?

    Yes, if the employee worked on the working day immediately before or after the statutory holiday.

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The information contained in this article does not constitute legal advice regarding the application of the terms and conditions of employment set out in the collective agreements.

If you have any questions about the application of the collective agreement in your sector of activity, consult your employer association or labour organization

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