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CFIB/CCA Benefits — Thanksgiving holiday pay for employees


Canadians celebrated this year’s Thanksgiving on October 8, which was a statutory paid holiday in all provinces and territories except New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. In Atlantic Canada, Thanksgiving is a holiday under retail shopping laws. Do you know what to pay your employees? Typically, employees who meet the eligibility criteria laid out by the province or territory are paid a regular day’s wage for a statutory holiday. This is the holiday pay. Generally, employees who work on a statutory holiday must receive their regular day’s pay (holiday pay) plus 1.5 times their regular wage for any hours worked on the holiday, but there are exceptions. Please see your provincial or territorial ministry of labour or call a CFIB Business Counsellor for clarification.

CCA members receive full access to CFIB’s Business Counsellors to answer your questions. Contact them at or by calling 1-888-234-2232. more

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