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Wedding or civil union

Workers may be absent from work for their wedding or civil union. Their employment relationship is protected.

Absence for a wedding or civil union

A worker is entitled to 1 day off with pay for their wedding or civil union when the event takes place on a workday.

They are also entitled to 1 day off without pay when the event takes place on a workday for the wedding or civil union of:

  • their child 
  • their mother or father 
  • their brother or sister 
  • their spouse’s child 

Whatever the situation, they must advise their employer of their absence at least one week in advance. The day off may not be deferred to a later date.


Philippe normally works Wednesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He is getting married at 1 p.m. on Friday. Paul is entitled to 1 day off with pay for his wedding, since he normally works on Friday.

Mayra works Monday to Friday from noon to 8 p.m. She is getting married at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Mayra is not entitled to 1 day off with pay, since she does not normally work on Saturday. 

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