Posted on 11/10/2014, 9:45 am, by mySteinbach

Manitoba Labour and Immigration advises that in Manitoba, most non-essential businesses are required to close until 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 to commemorate Canadian contributions and sacrifices in wars and international conflicts.

Manitoba’s Remembrance Day legislation applies to retailers 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, theatres, exhibits and sports events.

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

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

Employees working on Remembrance Day are entitled to one and a half times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked, but not less than half the normal working hours of a regular working day, in addition to five per cent of their earnings in the 28 days before Remembrance Day.

For further information, visit or call Manitoba Employment Standards at 204-945-3352 in Winnipeg or 1-800-821-4307 (toll-free).