Statutory Holidays and Traditional Holidays in Canada

The Canadian Statutory holidays are paid holidays for the employees and this has to be mentioned in the contract that was signed while joining the organization that you currently working with. To make things clear, you have to ask for this before signing the contract to avoid unexpected disputes. The holidays are divided into levels according to territorial, national, federal, municipal, and civic holidays.

There are several things that are performed on that day of the holiday such as eating lots of food, arranging parties on the new year and playing with snow on the Canadian day. Before moving towards the activities and reasons for celebrating the events and holidays let’s have a look over the holidays in 2020 in Canada.

Statutory Holidays Canada:

As it is a paid holiday and everyone loves holidays that are paying them off for enjoying the day in the way they want. Other than this, one can plan something that they were waiting for so long and can use these holidays for some important personal or business works.

As a citizen of the country, it is important that you are aware of the holidays and events in the near future. You also need to gather the information if you have business connections or traveling history and planning to visit the country in the ongoing year. This is because you may find almost all of the famous places, banks, and government organizations closed on the given days. So, below is a chart showing national and provisional statutory holidays in Canada in 2020.

HolidaysDay ObservedObservance
New Year's DayJanuary 1Nationwide
Islander Day

Third Monday in FebruaryPE
Family DayThird Monday in February (2nd in BC)BC, AB, SK, ON, NB
Louis Riel Day Third Monday in FebruaryMB
St. Patrick's Day March 17NL
Good FridayFriday before Easter SundayNationwide except QC
Easter MondayMonday after Easter SundayQC
St. George's Day April 23NL
Victoria Day
(National Patriots Day in QC)
Monday preceding May 25thNationwide except NB, NS, PE, NL
National Aboriginal Day June 21NT
F├ęte Nationale
(St. Jean Baptiste Day)
June 24 QC
Discovery Day June 24 NL
Canada Day
(Memorial Day in NFL)
July 1Nationwide
Nunavut DayJuly 1 NT
Civic HolidayFirst Monday in AugustAB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour DayFirst Monday of SeptemberNationwide
Thanksgiving Second Monday in OctoberNationwide except NB, NS, PE, NL
Remembrance DayNovember 11Nationwide except ON, QC, NS, NL
Christmas DayDecember 25Nationwide
Boxing DayDecember 26ON

All the holidays of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December are listed in the table above. The new table for the next year is updated in the last months of the ongoing year but we brought it for you in advance. So, get ready to plan things by keeping these important dates in mind.

Statutory Holidays Ontario:

There are a few public holidays and statutory holidays that are not observed or that are only observed in Ontario for instance, the boxing day is a statutory holiday only in Ontario. Exceptions are always there but most of the retail stores are closed on Easter Sunday. All the additional holidays and provinces that are observed in Ontario are mentioned in the table below.

Holiday20202021
New Year's Day
January 1
Wed, January 1Fri, January 1
Ontario Family Day
Third Monday in February
Mon, February 17Mon, February 15
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, April, 10Fri, April 2
Easter Monday *
Government employees only
Mon, April 13Mon, April 5
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 18Mon, May 24
Canada Day
July 1
Wed, July 1Thu, July 1
Civic Holiday
First Monday in August
Mon, August 3Mon, August 2
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 7Mon, September 6
Thanksgiving
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 12Mon, October 11
Remembrance Day
November 11
Wed, November 11Thu, November 11
Christmas Day
December 25
Fri, December 25Sat, December 25
Boxing Day *
December 26
Sat, December 26Sun, December 26

Conclusion and traveling tips: The final conclusion of the following tables is that you can schedule all your important works and activities according to these days. It is easy for you to postpone your business works such as bank visits because of the banks and government offices are closed on these days. However, some of the most famous places in Canada are opened on public holidays and you can schedule your plans for a public holiday.

Canada is a very beautiful country and if you are traveling to Canada then there are a few places that you must visit for maximum satisfaction. The county is blessed by nature and has too many attractive places but these are some of the most famous amongst them: Niagara Falls, Quebec City, Tofino, Whistler, St. John’s, Churchill, Banff national park, Butchart gardens, CN Tower.