Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is a statutory holiday in Alberta – a paid general holiday for employees who are eligible.

Check back for updates – new employment standards will come into effect on January 1, 2018. Read about the changes.

Christmas Day is on December 25 every year.

All Alberta government offices are closed on Christmas Day. See also: specific Alberta general holiday dates or general holiday pay rules.

Employee eligibility

To be eligible for general holiday pay for Christmas Day, employees must:

  • have worked a minimum of 30 days for their employer in the preceding 12 months
  • work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
  • work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so

Holiday pay rates

As an example, in 2017 Christmas Day is on a Monday:

If an employee normally works Mondays and is given Christmas Day off: they are entitled to their regular daily wage.

If an employee normally works Mondays and works Christmas Day: they are entitled to their regular daily wage plus holiday pay at least 1.5 times the employee’s wage rate for hours worked on the holiday; alternatively, employees are entitled to their regular wage for each hour worked on the holiday, plus another regular work day off with pay.

If an employee normally has Mondays off but works on Christmas Day: they are entitled to holiday pay at least 1.5 times the employee’s wage rate for hours worked on the holiday.

If an employee normally has Mondays off and doesn't work on Christmas Day: they are not entitled to general holiday pay and aren’t entitled to an extra day off; however, they may receive general holiday pay or an extra day off if it's an entitlement in an employment contract or a part of a union agreement.

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

Created:
Modified: 2017-07-14
PID: 5639

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