Is Natal Day a Paid Holiday in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick?

In Canada, nearly all Provinces have a holiday during the summer months.  The dates, names and pay treatments vary by province but, generally, the first Monday in August is set aside as a holiday.

In the Halifax Regional Municipality, the first Monday in August is Natal Day.  Natal Day is not, however, a province-wide “statutory holiday” rather it is classified as a “civic holiday”.  HRM By Law H100 dictates that all shops, except those explicitly listed as “exempt” must close, and remain closed, during the whole of the civic holiday except between the hours of twelve noon and six o’clock.  Because Natal Day is not a statutory holiday no employer in the HRM is required to pay “holiday pay” nor is any “exempt” employer required to pay an overtime rate for hours worked on Natal Day.

In New Brunswick, the first Monday in August is New Brunswick Day and New Brunswick Day is a province-wide, paid statutory holiday.  Qualifying employees who work that day are eligible to receive regular wages plus time-and-a-half for all time worked.  Qualifying employees who do not work New Brunswick Day are eligible to receive holiday pay.

Finally, in the event that you are operating with a collective agreement, the rules of the agreement will dictate how the holiday is observed in your company.

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2 Responses to Is Natal Day a Paid Holiday in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick?

  1. Suzanne 2010/07/22 at 12:09 pm #

    Which employers are considered “exempt” from closing?

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