Public Holidays in Canada

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Public holidays in Canada list. Below are National public holidays in Canada .

Public holidays in Canada
Public holidays in Canada

These are Canada public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Canada as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Canada with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


Canada is a North American country. Except for Alaska and the small French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, Canada encompasses the entire North American continent north of the United States.

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Its 10 provinces and three territories stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific, as well as northward into the Arctic Ocean, making it the world’s second-largest country in terms of total area.

In Canada, statutory holidays are also known as public holidays. The federal, provincial, and territorial governments all legislate these holidays.

A statutory holiday in Canada is described as a day on which professionals, managers, and employees are entitled to a paid day off.

Furthermore, each province or territory has its own set of provincial or territorial statutory holidays.

Employees may seek and be granted time off for traditional Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, or Muslim religious observances.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Canada observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Canada Public Holidays

In the Canada , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Canada as a holiday.

Every year on a Canada public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

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Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Canada public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Canada

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Feb 15: Islander Day

Feb 15: Family Day

Feb 15: Louis Riel Day

Feb 15: Nova Scotia Heritage Day

Mar 15: St. Patrick’s Day

Apr 02: Good Friday

Apr 05: Easter Monday

Apr 26: St. George’s Day

May 09: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world, in more than 50 countries, though not all countries celebrate it on the same day

Mother’s Day

May 24: Victoria Day

Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria. Following the death of Queen Victoria, May 24th was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire

Victoria Day

May 24: National Patriots’ Day

Jun 20: Father’s Day

Jun 21: National Aboriginal Day

Jun 21: June Day

Jun 24: The National Holiday of Quebec

Jul 01: Canada Day

Celebrates of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada

Canada Day

Jul 09: Nunavut Day

Jul 12: Orangeman’s Day

Aug 02: Heritage Day

Aug 02: Civic Holiday

Aug 02: British Columbia Day

Aug 02: Civic Day

Throughout Canada, the first Monday in August is generally a holiday though it is known by different names in different areas

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Civic Day

Aug 16: Discovery Day

Yukon only. Also known as Klondike Gold Discovery Day. Replaces the Civic Holiday observed on the 1st Monday of August in other areas of Canada

Discovery Day

Sep 06: Labour Day

Sep 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Oct 11: Thanksgiving

Oct 11: Thanksgiving

Nov 11: Remembrance Day

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 26: Boxing Day

Dec 26: Boxing Day

Dec 31: New Year’s Eve

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Canada happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Canada public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Canada gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Canada or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.