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What are the statutory holidays in British Columbia?

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Statutory holidays in British Columbia are made up of five national holidays and four provincial holidays, as of 2015. The provincial holidays are Victoria Day, British Columbia Day, Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day, and Family Day. Federal holidays are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day.

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While federal holidays are the same across Canada, each province also creates its own statutory holidays. Boxing Day is therefore not an official holiday in British Columbia, whereas Remembrance Day is. Family Day is a relatively new holiday that was created in 2013. However, as it is not a recognized federal holiday across Canada, federal employees do not get this day off.

Employees in British Columbia are paid for statutory holidays, providing that they have been in a job for at least 30 days and have earned wages for at least 15 of those days. Any employee that is required to work over a statutory holiday must receive 1 1/2 times wages for the first 12 hours of work and double wages after 12 hours. If a holiday does not fall on a workday, then either the following Monday or Friday are used as a replacement holiday. It is usually left up to the employer to decide which day it should be.

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