Thanksgiving - is it a Statutory Holiday? : NS Labour and Advanced Education, Employment Rights

Thanksgiving Day


Not a paid holiday

Thanksgiving is not one of the general (paid) holidays listed in the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code.

There are 6 general holidays listed in the Code: New Year's Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day (starting in 2015), Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas. These are the minimum number of holidays that employers must provide to employees. Many employers offer more paid holidays.

An employer may agree to provide employees with Thanksgiving as a paid holiday and the Labour Standards Division could enforce such an agreement.


A designated retail closing day

Thanksgiving Day is a designated retail closing day. Many retail businesses are prohibited from opening on Thanksgiving Day. Employees in such businesses have the right to refuse to work on that day if called into work while the store is closed.



If you have any questions, please contact Labour Standards.