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Let our statutory holiday list be your guide to Canadian holidays. Here are the annual observances we celebrate across our home and native land!

It’s no secret that Canadians are a hard-working bunch, and we’re also big on family time, too! Lucky for us, Canada has several national and provincial/territorial holidays where we can take time to appreciate the important things in life. Getting together with friends and family to celebrate holidays can create cherished memories, while also helping us achieve a better work-life balance. Let’s take a look at all the statutory holidays that Canadians observe, including provincial civic holidays!

HolidayDay ObservedWhere Observed
New Year’s DayJanuary 1Nationwide
Islander DayThird Monday in FebruaryPE
Family DayThird Monday in February (Second in BC)AB, BC, NB, ON, SK
Louis Riel DayThird Monday in FebruaryMB
St. Patrick’s DayMarch 17NL
Good FridayFriday before Easter SundayNationwide except QC
Easter MondayMonday after Easter SundayQC
St. George’s DayApril 23NL
Victoria Day
National Patriotes Day in QC
Monday preceding May 25Nationwide except NB, NL, NS, PE
National Aboriginal DayJune 21NT, YT
Féte Nationale

St. Jean Baptiste Day

June 24QC
Discovery DayJune 24NL
Canada Day

Memorial Day in NL

July 1Nationwide
Nunavut DayJuly 9NT
Civic HolidayFirst Monday in AugustAB, BC, NB, NU, ON, SK
Labour DayFirst Monday of SeptemberNationwide
ThanksgivingSecond Monday in OctoberNationwide except NB, NL, NS, PE
Remembrance DayNovember 11Nationwide except NL, NS, ON, QC
Christmas DayDecember 25Nationwide
Boxing DayDecember 26ON

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Statutory Holidays in Canada

2019 National Statutory Holidays in Canada

As you can see in the above chart, Canadians celebrate a wide range of holidays that vary by province! There are, however, five statutory holidays that all Canadians share. Here are the holidays and some preferred ways Canadians celebrate them!

New Year's Day

New Year’s Day – January 1st

3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! Many Canadians celebrate the holiday by staying up past midnight to ring in the new year. New Year’s Day is also day one of fulfilling your resolutions, so make sure to have your plan and goals ready.

Good Friday

Good Friday – April 19th

Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth and new beginnings. Canadian families often get together to paint eggs, go on Easter egg hunts and celebrate the spring. Not only might the Easter bunny leave many chocolate surprises, but family baking turns this into one of the most delicious holidays of the year!

Canada Day

Canada Day – July 1st

Oh, Canada! For a 152-year-old nation, I think we look great. To commemorate Canada’s birthday, Canadian families often head to the cottage, get their barbecues fired up and enjoy the warm weather. For those staying in town, outdoor festivals, parades, and free music concerts are a common way to celebrate the day. At night the skies, from coast to coast, are lit-up with fireworks for people to enjoy under the stars.

Labour Day

Labour Day – September 2nd

Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labour Day historically has been a time when workers campaign for better working conditions. Over time, it has become the official goodbye to summer and students’ last day before the new school year begins.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day – December 25th

Santa Claus is coming to town! Christmas mornings start early with children rushing to the tree to see what Santa has left for them. The day is all about opening presents and spending time with your family.

As children play with their new toys, parents are busy preparing big Christmas dinners for an evening gathering with the extended family!

Whether enjoying quiet time to relax and recharge, or hosting gatherings with friends and family, we all look forward to the holidays. Be sure to make Walmart Canada your first stop when shopping for your next holiday needs!

Source: Statutory Holidays Canada and provincial/territorial government websites.

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