April 19 or 22, 2019?

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There are a lot of public holidays during the year. This year, the spring holiday is on April 19 or 22. Can you take both days off work? If not, which day are you allowed?

The rules explained here apply to employees covered by the Act respecting labour standards. Read our article Workplace Protections in Quebec to see if you fall into this category.

 

Friday or Monday?

Your employer decides whether you take the holiday on Friday, April 19 or Monday, April 22. The law says you must have at least one of those days off. But your employer can decide to give you both days off.

 

A Day Off

A public holiday—sometimes called a statutory holiday—is a day when you don’t usually work, but you get paid anyway.

But you don’t get a salary like on a regular work day: you get money as compensation. The amount is calculated based on various factors, such as the length of your normal work week.

For most people working full time, this compensation works out to be a day’s salary.