Religious Observances

The University of Victoria recognizes its legal obligation to take reasonable measures to accommodate employees and students who request time off for religious observance for which a day of observance is not provided by statute.

For accommodation on days of religious observance, please refer to

To assist reasonable accommodation, students or employees should provide reasonable advance notice of their intended absence for religious or spiritual observance.

In recognition of the fact that the University of Victoria is a diverse community, we have provided a partial list of holy days on which members of religious groups may request accommodation. Additional dates will be added as they become available. Dates, times and locations of local celebrations often can be obtained through Multifaith Services (250) 721-8338.

FOR MUSLIMS, prayer time on Fridays (12:30 - 1:30 PST; 1:30 - 2:30 Daylight Savings Time) is an important religious observance. Appropriate accommodation may be to allow a flexible lunch hour, or flexible schedule where the employee can adjust their schedule to make up the time.

Bookmark listing Days of Religious Observances

Days of Religious Observance which an adherent would be expected to refrain from work, classes/exams are listed below, according to advice from UVic Chaplains Services:

Calendar - UVIc Bookstore

The UVic Bookstore produces a useful planning calendar which includes the above dates.

Calendar - Download

To download Days of Religious Observance to your computer calendar click here.


The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) produces an interesting and educational Multifaith Calendar which includes many other religious and cultural occasions in addition to high holy days.


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