Construction Holidays and Vacations
Construction Holidays and Vacations
Construction Holidays and Vacations

The dates of the paid statutory holidays and obligatory annual vacation are determined in the collective agreements.
Twice a year, the CCQ sends workers a vacation cheque.

Construction industry calendar

Every year, the CCQ makes this calendar available, which has all the important dates marked. You can download it (2019, 2020).

The construction vacations

Winter 
From December 22, 2019, 0h01 to January 4, 2020, 24h

Summer
From July 19, 0h01 to August 1, 2020, 24h

The statutory holidays  

  • Christmas (December 25, 2019)
  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020)
  • Good Friday (April 10, 2020)
  • Easter Monday (April 13, 2020)
  • National Patriots' Day (May 18, 2020)
  • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) is a paid statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. For 2020, the paid statutory holiday is June 24
  • Canada Day. For 2020, the paid statutory holiday is July 3
  • Labour Day (September 7, 2020)
  • Thanksgiving (October 12, 2020)
  • Remembrance Day (November 9, 2020)
  • Exceptions

    During this period, sites must be closed and all work executed must be paid at the applicable wage rate set out in the provisions of the sector-based collective agreements.

    There are some exceptions, however, and agreements may be made between employers and employees for certain sites, in particular:

    • Maintenance, repairs, modifications, renovations, or emergencies
    • New construction work for light residential construction
    • Certain types of work set out in the civil engineering and roadwork sector.

    In certain circumstances, the collective agreement stipulates that an employer who wants to have work done during the obligatory annual vacation period must send a notification to the CCQ.

  • A bit of history

    The well-known “construction holiday” was made official in 1970 by a government decree and took effect for the first time in Québec in the summer of 1971. This vacation period is one of the working conditions to which employers and workers have agreed.

    It is estimated that during this part of the summer, about one quarter of Québec's labour force is on vacation. Thus, for more than 35 years, the last two complete civil weeks (Sunday to Saturday) of July have marked the construction holiday. This tradition has been slightly modified since 2008.

  • Construction holidays and vacations 2020-2021

    The construction vacations

    Summer
    From July 19 to August 1, 2020

    Winter 
    From December 20, 2020, to January 2, 2021, inclusive

    The statutory holidays  

    • Good Friday (April 10, 2020)
    • Easter Monday (April 13, 2020)
    • National Patriots' Day (May 18, 2020)
    • The Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) is a paid statutory holiday for all workers, with no exceptions. For 2019, the paid statutory holiday is June 24
    • Canada Day. For 2019, the paid statutory holiday is July 3
    • Labour Day (September 7, 2020)
    • Thanksgiving (October 12, 2020)
    • Remembrance Day (November 9, 2020)
    • Christmas (December 25, 2020)
    • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2021)

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