BC Statutory Holidays 2022, How to Pay Dispensary Employees

December 10, 2020

Are you a cannabis dispensary owner who is curious to learn what the BC statutory holidays are for 2022, and how to pay your employees during those times? This article will cover what the statutory holidays in BC are for 2022, and how you need to pay your hourly employees.

What is a statutory holiday in BC in 2022?

A public holiday or sometimes called statutory holidays, stat days, are a variety of nationalistic or religious, cultural holidays that are legislated in Canada at the federal or provincial level.  What does that all mean?  As an employer you need to know what counts as a stat holiday, how they are treated differently in each province in Canada, which days are considered stat holidays and how the pay is calculated.  Read on to find out everything you need to know about statutory holidays in British Columbia.

BC Stat holidays 2022

How many British Columbia statutory holidays are there in 2022? 

British Columbia observes ten statutory holidays throughout the year where employees are eligible to be off work with statutory holiday pay or work  and receive premium pay and statutory holiday pay. 

Read on to find out the ins and outs of the statutory holidays, how to calculate employee holiday pay and other rules you might not be aware of. 

What are the  statutory holidays in British Columbia?

  1. New Year's Day - January 1st
  2. Family Day - Third Monday in February
  3. Good Friday - Friday preceding Easter Sunday
  4. Victoria Day - Last Monday preceding May 25th
  5. Canada Day* - July 1st
  6. B.C. Day  - First Monday in August
  7. Labour Day - First Monday in September
  8. Thanksgiving Day - Second Monday in October
  9. Remembrance Day - November 11
  10. Christmas Day - December 25th

*If Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed as the statutory holiday.  It gets “bumped” to July 2nd, but this doesn’t happen again until July 2029, so you’ve got time.

Is family day a stat holiday in BC?

Although Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia on the third Monday of February.  In three other provinces, the third Monday of February is still a statutory holiday, called by a different name.  Manitoba celebrates Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island.  Therefore the answer is yes, Family day is a Stat Holiday in British Columbia, recognized on the third Monday of February.

Is national reconciliation day a stat holiday in BC in 2022?

National reconciliation day, or truth and reconciliation day is a national holiday in Canada, however it has not yet been announced as an official provincial stat holiday in B.C. That means all employers do not have to recognize the day as a stat holiday or provide employees with a day off or stat pay.

How does an employee qualify for statutory holiday pay in British Columbia in 2022?

To be eligible for stat holiday pay in British Columbia, employees must be employed for the past 30 calendar days and have worked or earned wages on 15 of the 30 days before the statutory holiday.  It’s common to believe that you must work the day before and the day after the holiday in order to qualify for the pay but that’s not the case in BC.  If the employee doesn’t qualify for statutory pay but works the day they receive regular pay. 

  • For example: Joe works Monday to Friday, and the next stat holiday falls on a Friday. Joe has been employed for 3 years and has worked 19 days of the past 30 days, therefore he is eligible for stat pay.
  • Example: Peter has also been employed for the past three years.  He generally works just Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  In the past 30 days, he has worked 11 days, therefore Peter is not eligible for stat pay.  If Peter works on the stat holiday, he gets paid his regular wage.

What is the Stat Holiday Pay Calculation for employees in British Columbia?

Calculating stat pay for our employees is a necessary and legal part of business but calculating it accurately makes your place a great place to work.  Read our article here about other ways managing human capital helps small business owners retain and elevate great employees.

Public holiday pay would be calculated by referencing the past 30 calendar days before the holiday, including vacation days. 
Total wages ÷ number of days worked = statutory holiday pay (an average day's pay) Include all wages - salary,, vacation, commission, stat holiday pay but not overtime.  This is the amount of holiday pay they would receive for that day.  


Here's an example: In the last 30 days, Patricia is paid $14/hour  and works 6 hour days.  She has worked 17 days of the past 30.    Since she has worked at least 15 days and has been employed longer than 30 days she is eligible for stat pay. She is also eligible for premium stat pay should she be scheduled for the day.

  • Regular wages earned in the last 4 weeks = $14 x 6 hours = $84 + $3.36 (vacation pay, paid out per cheque). Regular wages earned in the last 4 weeks = $14 x 6 hours = $84 + $3.36(vacation pay, paid out per cheque) = 87.36 * 17 days = 1485.12
  • $1485.12 / 17 = $87.36 in regular stat pay or 6 hours.
  • Example #2  Evan gets paid $17/hour and his hours the past 4 weeks are this:
    Week #1 = 36 hours (5 days)
    Week #2 = 41 hours (5 days)
    Week #3 = 31 hours (4 days)
    Week # 4 = 19 hours (4 days)
  • He has worked 15 of the past 30 and has been employed for longer than 30 days.  His total wages = (36 +41+31+19 = 116 hours x $17/hour) = 1972 (+ vac pay of 4% added to each pay 78.88) = 2050.88
  • $2050.88/18 days = $113.94 or 6.7 hours.

In total, Peter will be paid $113.94 in regular statutory pay, even if he does not work the holiday.

Do I have to pay all employees for stat holidays in British Columbia?

You gotta follow the rules.  That means each employee that qualifies for stat holiday pay, you must pay them on time and accurately. 
This means that if employees have a regular or scheduled day off that falls on the holiday they still receive stat pay.

Do part time employees get statutory holiday pay in British Columbia?

They sure do!  If they qualify for it by working at least 15 days in the past 30 then part time employees get statutory holiday pay.  

What is the stat premium pay calculation in BC ?

In addition to British Columbia stat holiday pay, employees who work on the day of the statutory holiday, are entitled to time and a half for hours worked on a statutory holiday.   Double time for hours over 12 hours worked.

  • Calculation: This is calculated at one and a half times the regular wage x the number of hours they worked.  Regular hourly wage x 1.5 = Premium pay.

Premium Pay example:

Last pay period, Jane is paid $12/hour and works four 8 hour shifts. She also works an 8 hour shift on a stat holiday. She is eligible for both regular and premium stat pay.

To calculate her total stat pay:

  • Regular wages earned in the last 4 weeks = $12 x 32 (8×4) hours = $384 + $15.36 (vacation pay, paid out per cheque)
  • $399.36 / 20 = $19.97 in regular stat pay


  • 1.5 x ($12 x 8 hours) = $144 in premium pay
  • In total, Jane will be paid $163.97 in statutory pay

To sum it all up here is an example:

Ruby’s average day's pay is $120. On the statutory holiday, if Ruby: 

  • Does not work, she's paid $120
  • Works 7 hours, she's paid time-and-a-half plus $120
  • Works 14 hours, she's paid time-and-a-half for 12 hours, plus double-time for two hours, plus $120


How can I automate stat holiday pay calculations? 

Can you imagine how much time you would save if you could automate your holiday pay calculations? Well you can.  KayaPush has created smart software that integrates with your staffing back end, to automatically calculate stat holiday pay while scheduling, and paying staff. Payroll is done, and so are holiday pay calculations at the click ofa button.

For further information on automating British Columbia statutory holiday calculations download our free guide! Or, connect with a helpful team member at KayaPush today.

BC Stat holidays 2022

This document is provided by KayaPush for information purposes only. This is not an official or legal document and should not be taken as legal advice. KayaPush does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check with the proper governing authority for BC Stat holidays 2022.

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