Public Holidays in Canada
Canada celebrates a variety of public holidays at both the federal and provincial/territorial levels. Here are some of the major public holidays observed in Canada:
- New Year's Day (January 1st) - Celebrates the beginning of the new year.
- Good Friday (Date varies each year, typically in March or April) - Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
- Easter Monday (Date varies each year, typically in March or April) - A day off following Easter Sunday.
- Victoria Day (The last Monday before May 25th) - Honors Queen Victoria's birthday and marks the unofficial start of summer.
- Canada Day (July 1st) - Celebrates Canada's Confederation and independence from the United Kingdom in 1867.
- Civic Holiday (First Monday in August) - Known by various names across different provinces, this day is a general holiday celebrated in some regions.
- Labor Day (The first Monday in September) - Honors the contributions of workers and the labor movement.
- Thanksgiving Day (The second Monday in October) - A time for Canadians to give thanks for the harvest and blessings of the past year.
- Remembrance Day (November 11th) - Commemorates the sacrifices of Canadians who served in the military.
- Christmas Day (December 25th) - Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Boxing Day (December 26th) - Traditionally, a day for giving gifts to service workers, but it's now a shopping day as well.
Provincial and Territorial Holidays:
In addition to the federal holidays, each province and territory in Canada may have its own unique holidays. These can include Family Day, Heritage Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (in Quebec), Civic Holiday (variously named), and more. The dates and names of these holidays vary by region.
In the province of Quebec, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24th) is celebrated as a provincial holiday. National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on June 21st, honoring the heritage, diverse cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Please note that these holidays may vary slightly depending on the province or territory, and some regions may have additional holidays not listed here. Additionally, some holidays are observed on different dates in the province of Quebec compared to the rest of Canada.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Boxing Day||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Victoria Day||May 20||Monday||Public Holiday|