Canada Day : NS Labour and Advanced Education, Employment Rights

Canada Day holiday

Beginning in 2018, July 1 will always be treated as Canada Day, even when it falls on a Sunday. This means certain retail business must close on July 1, and qualifying employees may receive holiday pay.

Previously, July 2 was treated as a holiday and retail closing day when July 1 was a Sunday.

Store closing rules

Canada Day is a designated retail closing day. Many retail businesses, such as supermarkets, clothing stores and appliance stores, must close on Sunday, July 1. Other retail businesses, like convenience stores, gas stations and restaurants, can open.

Holiday pay rules

Canada Day is a paid holiday for employees who qualify. Employees do not have to work on a holiday to qualify for holiday pay.

Employees who are eligible for the Canada Day holiday might:

  • get the day off with pay
  • get another day off with pay, if they don't usually work that day of the week
  • get extra pay on Canada Day, if they work that day

Employers of continuous operations (businesses that normally operate 7 days a week, such as restaurants) don't have to give employees extra pay for working on the holiday. Instead, they could give employees regular pay for working on Canada Day plus a paid day off on another day.

For more information about who qualifies for holiday pay and how employers should pay their employees for holidays, read the holiday pay guidelines.

You can also contact the Labour Standards Division if you have any questions.