stat holiday rules Canada

We recently expanded our essential guide to statutory holiday compliance to cover all jurisdictions in Canada! Written by First Reference Managing Editor Yosie Saint-Cyr LL.B., Statutory Holiday Rules Across Canada can help you answer these critical statutory holiday questions and more:

  • How do you calculate statutory holiday pay in your jurisdiction?
  • How does overtime affect statutory holidays and holiday pay?
  • Should employees be given premium pay or a substituted day off for working on a statutory holiday?

The guide includes the latest requirements for Alberta under The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17).

Check out this free sample of our statutory holiday guide for more information.

Limited time only: Get both the digital and print formats of this guide for just $49.95. Click here to claim this special offer!

Supplementary Bill 17 update to Alberta
Human Resources PolicyPro
Alberta employment and labour law

We mentioned last month that the electronic version of Human Resources PolicyPro® – Alberta Edition would receive a special update in advance of the November 2017 print update to help you meet the new employment and labour law requirements of The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17) before they come into effect on January 1, 2018. As promised, the following topics have been revised or added in the HRPP software:

  • Benefits Principles
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Compassionate Care Leave
  • Critically Ill Child Care Leave
  • Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave
  • Domestic Violence Leave
  • Holidays
  • Job Evaluation
  • Long-Term Illness and Injury Leave
  • Maternity Leave
  • Parental and/or Adoption Leave
  • Pay Advances
  • Personal and Family Responsibility Leave
  • Personal Leave of Absence
  • Short-Term Disability/Sick Pay Benefits
  • Vacation and Vacation Pay

We expect to release another supplementary update this fall to cover the remaining requirements that are due before January.

There’s still time to update your policies and practices. Try Human Resources PolicyPro free for 30 days to access over 170 policies, procedures, forms, checklists and more—all focused on compliance with Alberta’s employment and labour laws.

HR policy updates and additions to watch out for

Here are some of the new and updated policies you can expect to see in the November release of your edition of Human Resources PolicyPro:


  • Manitoba and Saskatchewan: Leave for Serious Injury or Illness; Pay Range Structure
  • Atlantic:
    • Newfoundland and Labrador: Compassionate Care Leave
    • New Brunswick: Public Holidays
  • Ontario: Family Medical and Caregiver Leave
  • British Columbia: Noise Control and Hearing protection


  • Ontario: Sports Teams and Events
  • Manitoba & Saskatchewan and Atlantic: Noise Control and Hearing Protection

Revised CRA/RQ forms

Over the next several months, the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec will continue to update dozens of tax forms and guides for 2018 that are essential for payroll. Some of the forms updated over the past month include:

  • T3P Employees' Pension Plan Income Tax Return, 2017-10
  • T4A-NRSUM Summary of Fees, Commissions, or Other Amounts Paid to Non-Residents for Services Rendered in Canada, 2017-10
  • TP 75.2 V, Employment Expenses of Salaried Tradespeople, 2017-10
  • IN-118-V, Employment Expenses, 2017-10

PaySource® subscribers can find these up-to-date CRA/RQ forms and dozens more under the Forms tab. You can also refer to the weekly Inside PaySource newsletter for the latest news and updates regarding Canadian payroll, including which CRA/RQ forms and guides have been updated each week.

These CRA/RQ forms and guides are also accessible to trial users — click here to obtain a free 30-day trial of PaySource.

Reminder: The next AODA reporting deadline is now less than 10 weeks away
AODA requirements

Accessibility Standards PolicyPro® (ASPP) subscribers can refer to SPP 2.08 – Documentation and Annual Filing to find out what’s new for this reporting cycle and get tips to ensure you report compliance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ADOA) regulations on time to avoid penalties, inspections, director’s orders and fines.

The next accessibility report must be submitted by December 31, 2017 by organizations in the private and non-profit sectors with 20+ employees and all public-sector organizations in Ontario. The provincial government requires this report to be completed so required organizations can confirm they have met current accessibility obligations under the AODA.

If you’re not an ASPP subscriber, now is the perfect time to take a free trial. Click here to get started.

Understand your legal obligations before taking funds to the Canadian border
cross border currency compliance

In the latest update to Finance and Accounting PolicyPro® (FAPP), we added policy 7.01 – Cross-Border Currency and Monetary Instruments Reporting—plus CBSA cross-border currency and reporting forms—to cover the requirements for the importing or exporting of currency and monetary instruments across the Canadian border.

This policy is part of our new Anti-Money-Laundering chapter, which we will continue to expand with new commentary, policies and other resources over the next several months.

While some provisions of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (AML Act) apply narrowly to prescribed persons or entities, other provisions apply more broadly; for example, the measures relating to importation or exportation of currency and monetary instruments apply to nearly every person or entity who imports or exports funds, with very few exceptions.

If you’re not a subscriber and would like to sample the new policy and forms, click here to take a 30-day trial of FAPP.

Hot blog topics

Readers are revisiting some important issues on our employment blog, First Reference Talks. Here are some posts that have gained attention recently.

Commission sales employees: Two common errors to avoid


Contract or gratuitous promise: the need for consideration


Dealing with public holidays on non-working days


Compliment or sexual harassment: Where do you draw the line?


Doctor’s notes: When should an employer ask for one?


If you’re dealing with any of these issues, please leave us a note in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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