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VIU Holiday Schedule

Holiday Policy

All regular full-time employees are eligible for holiday pay.  VIU typically observes the following holidays as paid holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Friday
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas

VIU Holidays for 2017

• New Year’s Day (Jan 2)
• Memorial Day (May 29)
• Independence Day (Jul 4)
• Labor Day (Sep 4)
• Thanksgiving (Nov 23-24)
• Christmas Eve (Dec 22)
• Christmas (Dec 25)
• Winter Break (Dec 26-Dec 29)

Additionally, the days between Christmas and New Year's Day are considered winter break holidays.  Some student-service and essential departments are required to have an employee working on campus during the winter break holiday period.  These departments include the following:​

  • Admissions
  • International Student Services
  • Registrar
  • Inquiries
  • Student Affairs
  • Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities & Property Management
  • Academic Schools
Employees asked to work on a scheduled holiday will receive a floating holiday to use at a later date.*  An employee who is not asked to work on a scheduled holiday may request to work, but this must be approved by the employee's supervisor and the Human Resources department.

When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed.  When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed.

* Please note that "Floating Holidays" are only given for employees who are required to work on a previously scheduled holiday.