Open on Canada Day? Here’s what you should know.


The nation’s birthday falls on a Sunday this year, so here’s a quick checklist on retail hour regulations


This Sunday, the country will be awash in red and white to celebrate its 151st birthday. Canada Day is a statutory holiday in all provinces and territories, and while many businesses will be giving their employees the day off, some will be staying open.

For those opting to operate as usual, here’s a provincial and territorial breakdown of what’s allowed to stay open and how to compensate your employees correctly, while ensuring a seamless experience for your customers.



Reporting or “call in” pay

If you are scheduling employees to work on Sunday or Monday when it’s not part of their regular roster but end up cancelling the shift, you still have to compensate them for showing up. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that all employees who are called in to work, when it’s not part of their regular schedule or in the complete absence of one, receive fair compensation for their out-of-pocket expenses and other costs incurred by having to report to work.

Since there are always exceptions to the rules, be sure to check with your local municipality or provincial and territorial government to know for sure what’s involved to stay open on Canada Day or any other statutory holidays.


Canada Day pay requirements



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Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and was accurate at the time of publication. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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