Remembrance Day Act Hours And Pay Regulations

November 5, 2010

Manitoba Labour and Immigration reminds everyone that most non-essential businesses are required to close on November 11 as Manitobans honour the contributions of Canadians in war and peacekeeping efforts. The Remembrance Day Act permits retail businesses to open as long as they are closed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Retail businesses include those that sell or offer to sell goods and services, tradespeople or professional services, rental companies and businesses charging admission to performances such as movies, concerts, theatre, exhibits and sports events.

The prohibition of work on Remembrance Day does not apply to workers such as:

  1. police officers, firefighters and security officers;
  2. hospital, hotel, restaurant, domestic, child-care and home-care employees;
  3. employees required to supply heating, gas, lighting, electrical or water services, or to provide emergency repairs for these services;
  4. hotels, restaurants and continuous operation businesses (excluding retail) employees;
  5. employees providing transportation services for goods or passengers by railway, aircraft or motor vehicle;
  6. employees in care of perishable products or live animals, or in the farming industry;
  7. employees of registered brokers who conduct business for clients on stock exchanges outside Manitoba;
  8. commemorative or religious-service providers; and
  9. employees of newspapers, telecommunication carriers, television or radio stations, and cable companies.

Rules regarding pay and wages for employees working on Remembrance Day are 1.5 times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked, but not less than one-half the normal working hours of a regular working day. Employees who work on Remembrance Day may also be eligible to receive five per cent of their wages from the previous 28 days in addition to the wages earned for working on Remembrance Day.

For further information, call the Employment Standards Branch at 945-3352 in Winnipeg or (toll-free) at 1-800-821-4307 outside Winnipeg. Information is also available at