Alberta general holidays

Alberta general holidays

Alberta has nine general (statutory) holidays.

Basic rules

Most employees – full-time and part-time – are entitled to paid general holidays. Employees may need to meet other eligibility requirements before qualifying for a specific paid general holiday.

More details

The Employment Standards Code designates the following nine days as general holidays.

Click on each general holiday to see its specific rules.

General Holiday

Definition of Holiday




New Year’s Day

January 1

January 1

January 1

January 1

Alberta Family Day

Third Monday in February

February 20

February 19

February 18

Good Friday

Friday before Easter*

April 14

March 30

April 19

Victoria Day

Monday before May 25

May 22

May 21

May 20

Canada Day

July 1, except when it falls on a Sunday, then it is July 2

July 1

July 2

July 1

Labour Day

First Monday in September

September 4

September 3

September 2

Thanksgiving Day

Second Monday in October

October 9

October 8

October 14

Remembrance Day

November 11

November 11

November 11

November 11

Christmas Day

December 25

December 25

December 25

December 25

Optional general holidays

If an employer, by agreement, designates additional general holidays for their employees, all employment standards rules related to general holiday pay still apply. Employees should confirm this and any pay entitlements with their employer.

The optional general holidays in Alberta are:

Optional Holiday

Definition of Holiday




Easter Monday

First Monday following Easter

April 17

April 2

April 22

Heritage Day

First Monday in August

August 7

August 6

August 5

Boxing Day

December 26

December 26

December 26

December 26

Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.

Modified: 2018-01-02
PID: 1472

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