Statutory holiday pay is compensation for holidays, like Christmas Day, when many businesses are closed. When a pay period includes a statutory holiday, enter the stat holiday pay hours in your employees' pay cheques.
Add statutory holiday pay as a pay type for an employee
|Note: Statutory holiday pay is mandatory in Canada, so we automatically turn the pay type on for you. You don't have to add statutory holiday pay as a pay type unless you turned it off when you first set up your employee.|
Here's how to turn statutory holiday pay on:
- Go to Payroll then select Employees.
- Select the employee by choosing their name.
- Select the edit icon on the Pay types box and enable Stat Holiday Pay under Common pay types.
- Select Save.
|Note: Be sure to repeat these steps for any other existing employees who receive holiday pay.|
The next time you run payroll and/or create a pay cheque for the employee, the statutory holiday pay column will be displayed. You'll be able to input the applicable holiday hours into the statutory holiday field to generate the appropriate pay.
These statutory holidays are observed across Canada:
- New Year's Day
- Canada Day
- Labour Day
- Christmas Day
Depending on your location, you may also observe these statutory holidays:
- Islander Day
- Family Day
- Louis Riel Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Victoria Day
- National Aboriginal Day
- Nunavut Day
- Civic Holiday
- Discovery Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Remembrance Day
- Boxing Day
Calculation of statutory holiday pay in the employment standards act (ESA)
For information on which statutory holidays apply to you, visit your provincial government website or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Statutory holidays website.
What should I do if my employee worked on a statutory holiday?
Every province has different requirements for working on a statutory holiday. Please visit your provincial government website for more details or refer to your accountant on how to record this in your books.