Holiday Schedule

    Schedule of Holidays for 2016

    Monday, October 10, 2016 Thanksgiving Day
    Friday, November 11, 2016 Remembrance Day
    *Monday, December 26, 2016 Boxing Day
    *Tuesday, December 27, 2016 In lieu of Christmas Day
    *Wednesday, December 28, 2016 University Closed
    *Thursday, December 29, 2016 University Closed
    *Friday, December 30, 2016 University Closed

    Schedule of Holidays for 2017

    Monday, January 2, 2017 In lieu of New Year's Day
    Monday, February 20, 2017 Family Day
    Friday April 14, 2017 Good Friday
    Monday, May 22, 2017 Victoria Day
    Monday, July 3, 2017 In lieu of Canada Day
    Monday, August 7, 2017 Saskatchewan Day
    Monday, September 4, 2017 Labour Day
    Monday, October 9, 2017 Thanksgiving Day
    Monday, November 13, 2017 In lieu of Remembrance Day
    Monday, December 25, 2017 Christmas Day
    Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Boxing Day
    Wednesday, December 27, 2017 University Closed
    *Thursday, December 28, 2017 University Closed
    *Friday, December 29, 2017 University Closed
    Monday, January 1, 2018 New Year's Day

     *Most departments are closed to the public between Christmas and New Years.    

    Hours of Work during the Christmas Season

    Where scheduled functions of the university permit; employees are allowed to leave work at 3:00 pm on December 24. If uncertain, employees should consult with their supervisor regarding the ability to leave early from the work unit. Regular hours of work will resume following the New Year's Day holiday.

    Payday for regular monthly paid employees is on the last day prior to the Christmas break.


    Some services will be maintained in certain areas as outlined below.

    College of Medicine: Contact the clinical departments directly to determine hours of operation.

    Western College of Veterinary Medicine: Emergency services in the Veterinary Medical Centre and related diagnostic services will be available on reduced staffing/services. Please contact the departments directly for hours of operation.

    Physical Activity Centre (PAC): Contact the PAC at 966-1052 (Customer Service Desk) for hours of operation or visit

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. If my normal work day ends before 3pm, can I still take that amount of time off?
    No, although this is at the discretion of the supervisor.

    2. I'm taking vacation on the last day before the Christmas break. How much time do I have to claim as vacation?
    A full day is to be claimed.

    3. The last day before the Christmas break is on a day that I don't normally work. Can I leave early on another day?
    No, the University is closed at 3pm only for those employees who are at work on December 24.

    4. How many days do CUPE 1975 employees have to account for as vacation/banked time while the University is closed for the Christmas break?
    Those who work a 35 hour work week must account for 3 days and those who work a 38 hour work week must account for 1 day.

    5. Can CUPE 1975 employees use the two (2) days of personal leave as per Article 18.4.1 to account for these days?
    Yes, although this is subject to approval from the supervisor.

    6. I am planning to take off the last day before the Christmas break. Can I leave at 3pm on the day prior?
    No, unless vacation or banked time is used. This requires approval of the supervisor.

    7. I am a casual employee on campus. Do I get paid overtime if I work between Christmas and New Years on the days that are not statutory holidays?
    No, overtime will only be paid at the applicable rate for statutory and official university holidays.