Statutory Holidays in Canada

Public holidays in Canada, known as “statutory holidays”, are legislated at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. Many of these holidays are observed nationwide, but each province and territory in Canada has its own holidays as well.

Statutory holidays are New Year’s Day, Good Friday (Easter), Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day, which are celebrated nationwide and are paid days off for all employees. Federal employees also get Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and Boxing Day off, but non-federal employees also get these holidays off as well (however it is not required).

National and provincial statutory holidays in Canada

Holiday Day Observed Observance
New Year’s Day January 1 Nationwide
Islander Day Third Monday in February PE
Family Day Third Monday in February (2nd in BC) BC, AB, SK, ON
Louis Riel Day  Third Monday in February MB
St. Patrick’s Day March 17 NL
Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday Nationwide except QC
Easter Monday Monday after Easter Sunday QC
St. George’s Day April 23 NL
Victoria Day
National Patriotes Day in QC
Monday preceding May 25th Nationwide except NB, NS, PE, NL
National Aboriginal Day  June 21 NT
Féte Nationale
St. Jean Baptiste Day
June 24 QC
Discovery Day June 24 NL
Canada Day
Memorial Day in NFL
July 1 Nationwide
Nunavut Day July 9 NT
Civic Holiday First Monday in August AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour Day First Monday of September Nationwide
Thanksgiving Second Monday in October Nationwide except NB, NS, PE, NL
Remembrance Day November 11 Nationwide except ON, QC, NS, NL
Christmas Day December 25 Nationwide
Boxing Day December 26 ON