What is the minimum vacations time off?

The following table provides a summary of minimum vacation time off and vacation pay in Canada.   A link to the applicable regulations is included for your convenience.  The regulations should be consulted in the development of your vacation policy.   (Note:  some of the links open pdf documents.)

Jurisdiction

Holiday Pay

Vacation Time off

Reference

Canada 4% for the first 6 years
6% after 6 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 6 years – 3 weeks
Canada Labour Code Art 183-190
Alberta 4% for the first 5 years
6% after 5 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 5 years – 3 weeks
Alberta Labour Code Art 34-44
British Columbia 4% for the first 5 years
6% after 5 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 5 years – 3 weeks
British Columbia Labour Standards Art 57-60
Manitoba 4% for the first 5 years
6% after 5 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 5 years – 3 weeks
Manitoba Employment Standards Code Art 34 -44
New Brunswick 4% for the first 8 years
6% after 8 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 8 years – 3 weeks
New Brunswick Employment Standards Art 24
Newfoundland and Labrador 4% for the first 15 years
6% after 15 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 15 years – 3 weeks
Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Standards Act  Art 8
Northwest Territories 4% for the first 5 years
6% after 5 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 5 years – 3 weeks
Northwest Territories Employment Standards Act Art 24-25.
Nova Scotia 4% for the first 8 years
6% after 8 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 8 years – 3 weeks
Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code Art 32-34
Nunavut 4% for the first 5 years
6% after 5 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 5 years – 3 weeks
Nunavut Labour Standards Act – Art 15-21
Ontario 4% of gross After one year – 2 weeks Ontario Employment Standards Act Art 33-41
Prince Edward Island 4% for the first 8 years
6% after 8 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 8 years – 3 weeks
PEI Employment Standards Act Art 11-13
Quebec 4% for the first 5 years
6% after 5 years
After one year – 2 weeks
After 5 years – 3 weeks
Quebec Labour Standards
Art 66-77
Saskatchewan 3/52 first 10 years
4/52 after 10 years
After one year – 3 weeks
After 10 years – 4 weeks
Saskatchewan Employment Standards Art 30-37
Yukon 4% of gross After one year – 2 weeks Yukon Employment Standards Art 19-27

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5 Responses to What is the minimum vacations time off?

  1. Ivan Lui 2013/10/30 at 8:27 pm #

    To whom it maybe concern,

    I live in Toronto and have worked at my company around 7 years. I would like to know how many official vacation week I could have. Please advice.

    Rgds
    Ivan

  2. Sylvain 2013/10/31 at 10:53 am #

    Yvan,

    Thank you for your question. In Ontario, if you work in a federally-regulated industry, you are entitled to 3 weeks of vacation after completing 6 years of employment. If you work in a provincially-regulated industry, you are entitled to 2 weeks of vacation time off.

    HR pros

  3. Karen Bashura 2014/02/28 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi,
    I have been with the same company since November of 2002. Would I be entitled to 4 weeks vacation now? Located in Ontario. It is a small publishing company that is family owned.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  4. Sylvain 2014/03/02 at 12:21 pm #

    Karen,
    That would be entirely up to your employer and the policies they have in place. There is no provision within the Ontario Labour Standards for 4 weeks of vacation. However, that does not prevent an employer from doing so.

  5. Jim 2016/09/02 at 11:35 pm #

    Hi
    I am in Nova Scotia I was off on 6 week sick leave. Am I still entitled to my 2 weeks vacation?

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