This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Canada. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 6 Sunday Epiphany Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

February 2 Saturday Groundhog Day Observance

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition based on the superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees his shadow that means six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it will be an early Spring.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

February 15 Friday National Flag of Canada Day Observance

National Flag of Canada Day commemorates the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965

March 1 Friday St. David's Day Observance

The feast day of Saint David, the patron of Wales, and celebrated by Welsh in many countries.

March 11 Monday Commonwealth Day Observance

The annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, often held on the second Monday in March.

March 17 Sunday St. Patrick's Day Observance

Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

April 6 Saturday National Tartan Day Observance

Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.

April 9 Tuesday Vimy Ridge Day Observance

The day to commemorate the deaths and casualties of members of the Canadian Corps during the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Observance

It's the day after Easter Sunday and is a Christian holiday in some countries.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

May 20 Monday Victoria Day Public holiday

It's a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. Celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25.

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

June 21 Friday National Indigenous Peoples Day Observance

Day for recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada.

July 1 Monday Canada Day Public holiday

National day of Canada, celebrates the anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution Act in 1867. If it falls on a Sunday, then it is July 2 in some provinces.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Observance

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

September 2 Monday Labour Day Public holiday

Celebration of the achievements of workers. In Canada and the United States, Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September

October 14 Monday Thanksgiving Day Public holiday

Thanksgiving in Canada occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Observance

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Observance

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on this day.

November 11 Monday Remembrance Day Public holiday

Memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. November 11th in Canada.
If it falls on a Sunday, then it is November 12th in some provinces.

December 11 Wednesday Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster Observance

The anniversary of the establishment of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Westminster_1931" target="_blank">Statute of Westminster</a>.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday Boxing Day Observance

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Canada in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Canada. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

January 6 Sunday Epiphany Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

February 2 Saturday Groundhog Day Observance

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition based on the superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees his shadow that means six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it will be an early Spring.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

February 15 Friday National Flag of Canada Day Observance

National Flag of Canada Day commemorates the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965

March 1 Friday St. David's Day Observance

The feast day of Saint David, the patron of Wales, and celebrated by Welsh in many countries.

March 11 Monday Commonwealth Day Observance

The annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, often held on the second Monday in March.

March 17 Sunday St. Patrick's Day Observance

Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

April 6 Saturday National Tartan Day Observance

Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.

April 9 Tuesday Vimy Ridge Day Observance

The day to commemorate the deaths and casualties of members of the Canadian Corps during the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Observance

It's the day after Easter Sunday and is a Christian holiday in some countries.

May 12 Sunday Mother's Day Observance

Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe

May 20 Monday Victoria Day Public holiday

It's a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. Celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25.

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

June 21 Friday National Indigenous Peoples Day Observance

Day for recognising and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada.

July 1 Monday Canada Day Public holiday

National day of Canada, celebrates the anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution Act in 1867. If it falls on a Sunday, then it is July 2 in some provinces.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Observance

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

September 2 Monday Labour Day Public holiday

Celebration of the achievements of workers. In Canada and the United States, Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September

October 14 Monday Thanksgiving Day Public holiday

Thanksgiving in Canada occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Observance

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Observance

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on this day.

November 11 Monday Remembrance Day Public holiday

Memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. November 11th in Canada.
If it falls on a Sunday, then it is November 12th in some provinces.

December 11 Wednesday Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster Observance

The anniversary of the establishment of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Westminster_1931" target="_blank">Statute of Westminster</a>.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday Boxing Day Observance

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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