Rules and Procedures on Holidays

Effective Date: May 1, 2015
Responsibility: Vice-President, People and Culture


NOTE: Governing policies and procedures for unionized employees found in the applicable collective agreements apply if they differ from this policy and its related instruments.

  1. CBC/Radio-Canada recognizes the following General Holidays pursuant to the Canada Labour Code:
    • New Year’s Day – January 1
    • Good Friday
    • Victoria Day – Monday preceding May 25
    • Canada Day – July 1
    • Labour Day – 1st Monday in September
    • Thanksgiving Day – 2nd Monday in October
    • Remembrance Day – November 11
    • Christmas Day - December 25
    • Boxing Day – December 26
  1. For New Year’s Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the date officially established for the holiday is the date upon which the holiday is observed.

  2. If a holiday falls on a regularly scheduled day off, employees receive an alternate day off in lieu of the holiday. For clarity, where the General Holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the alternate day off in lieu of the holiday will be the Monday. Where Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday, or alternatively fall on a Sunday and Monday, the Monday and Tuesday will be the scheduled days off.

  3. Employees who are required to work on a holiday due to operational requirements are compensated with an alternate date off or pay in lieu of the holiday.

  4. A holiday observed during scheduled annual leave is treated as a holiday and not as annual leave.

  5. The Corporation also recognizes the following holidays for the locations identified:

    • Family Day (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia) – 3rd Monday in February

    • Louis Riel Day (Manitoba) – 3rd Monday in February

    • Islander Day (Prince Edward Island) – 3rd Monday in February

    • Heritage Day (Nova Scotia) – 3rd Monday in February

    • Civic Holiday (Corner Brook NL) – Monday after the 3rd Friday in February

    • Civic Holiday (Yellowknife NWT) – Friday (½ day) of Caribou Carnival week (March)

    • Civic Holiday (Iqaluit NU) – Friday of Toonik Tyme week (April)

    • Easter Monday (all provinces and territories)

    • National Aboriginal Day (NWT) – June 21

    • Quebec National Holiday (Quebec) – June 24

    • Civic Holiday (Grand Falls-Windsor NL) – as determined locally (July)

    • Civic Holiday (Labrador City-Wabush NL) – as determined locally (July)

    • Civic Holiday (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, Northwest Territories) – 1st Monday in August

    • Civic Holiday (Gander-Goose Bay NL) – 1st Monday in August

    • Civic Holiday (St. John’s NL) – 1st Wednesday in August

    • Discovery Day (Yukon) – 3rd Monday in August

  6. The following days are Corporation-declared holidays:
    • January 2 when January 1st occurs on a Thursday
    • December 31 when January 1st occurs on a Tuesday
  7. An employee is entitled to work Remembrance Day and/or Easter Monday in exchange for time off with pay to observe a religious holiday. The substitution is granted on the provision that operations require that work be completed on Remembrance Day and/or Easter Monday. CBC/Radio-Canada is not responsible for creating work or opening its premises in order to accommodate a substitution request if it is not feasible to do so.

Additionally, an employee is entitled to use annual leave, time-in-in lieu and/or Leave Without Pay to observe a religious holiday.


All questions pertaining to the application of these Rules and Procedures should be referred to the Shared Services Centre.

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