Provincial and Stat Holidays in Canada
Canada's provinces and territories celebrate a number of common general or "statutory" holidays at the national level - holidays in which all employees are entitled for the day off with pay. However, many of the provinces differ in their designation of other holidays as they relate to the individual region.
Generally speaking, the common statutory holidays are New Year's Day, Good Friday (Easter), Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day. Additional holidays such as Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Thanksgiving and Boxing Day are also a paid requirement for federal employees, though the provinces may also provide these days off as part of common practice (not by Federal regulation).
Further, some of the provinces celebrate holidays on the same day as their Canadian counterparts, but designate the holiday name and purpose differently. For example, the third Monday in February is celebrated by half of the provinces, but goes by at least three different names.
Use the table below to review the national and provincial stat holidays that are observed for each of the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Select a province name to view more detailed information about the region.
|Holiday||Day Observed||Region Observed|
|New Year's Day||January 1||Nationwide|
|Islander Day||3rd Monday in February||PE|
|Family Day||3rd Monday in February
(2nd Monday in BC)
|AB, BC, ON, SK|
|Heritage Day||3rd Monday in February
(Fri. before last Sun. in Feb. in YK)
|Louis Riel Day||3rd Monday in February||MB|
|St. Patrick's Day||March 17||NL|
|Good Friday||The Friday before Easter Sunday||Nationwide, except QC|
|Easter Monday||The Monday after Easter Sunday||QC|
|St. George's Day||Monday closest to April 23||NL|
|Victoria Day (National Patriots Day in QC)||The Monday preceding May 25th||Nationwide, except NB, NL, NS, PE|
|National Aboriginal Day||June 21||NT|
|Féte Nationale (St. Jean Baptiste Day)||June 242||QC|
|Discovery Day||Nearest Monday to June 24||NL|
|Canada Day (Memorial Day in NL)||July 1||Nationwide|
|Nunavut Day||July 9||NT|
|Civic Holiday||The First Monday in August||AB, BC, NB, NU, ON, SK|
|Labour Day||The First Monday in September||Nationwide|
|Thanksgiving||The Second Monday in October||Nationwide, except NB, NL, NS, PE|
|Remembrance Day||November 111||Nationwide, except NL, NS3, ON, QC|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Nationwide|
|Boxing Day||December 26||ON|
1. Remembrance Day in Manitoba is regulated by the Remembrance Day Act
2. St. Jean Baptiste day in Quebec is regulated by National Holiday Act
3. Remembrance Day in Nova Scotia is regulated by Separate Act
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