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Holidays and Observances in Canada in 2023

Jan 1SundayNew Year's DayStatutory Holiday
Jan 2MondayDay off for New Year's DayStatutory Holiday
Jan 2MondayDay After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
Jan 6FridayEpiphanyObservance, Christian
Jan 7SaturdayOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
Jan 14SaturdayOrthodox New YearOrthodox
Jan 22SundayLunar New YearObservance
Feb 2ThursdayGroundhog DayObservance
Feb 6MondayTu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday
Feb 14TuesdayValentine's DayObservance
Feb 15WednesdayNational Flag of Canada DayObservance
Feb 18SaturdayIsra and Mi'rajMuslim
Feb 20MondayLouis Riel DayCommon local holidayManitoba
Feb 20MondayNova Scotia Heritage DayCommon local holidayNova Scotia
Feb 20MondayIslander DayCommon local holidayPE
Feb 20MondayFamily DayCommon local holidayAB, BC, NB, ON, SK
Feb 21TuesdayCarnival / Shrove Tuesday / Pancake DayChristian
Feb 22WednesdayAsh WednesdayChristian
Feb 24FridayYukon Heritage DayLocal de facto holidayYukon
Mar 1WednesdaySt David's DayObservance
Mar 7TuesdayPurimJewish holiday
Mar 12SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Mar 13MondayCommonwealth DayObservance
Mar 17FridaySt. Patrick's DayObservance
Mar 20MondaySt. Patrick's DayLocal holidayNL
Mar 20MondayMarch EquinoxSeason
Mar 23ThursdayRamadan StartMuslim
Apr 2SundayPalm SundayChristian
Apr 6ThursdayMaundy ThursdayChristian
Apr 6ThursdayFirst day of PassoverJewish holiday
Apr 6ThursdayTartan DayObservance
Apr 7FridayGood FridayStatutory Holiday
Apr 8SaturdayHoly SaturdayChristian
Apr 9SundayEaster SundayShops Closing DayNL
Apr 9SundayEaster SundayObservance, Christian
Apr 9SundayEaster SundayDesignated Retail Closing DayNova Scotia
Apr 9SundayVimy Ridge DayObservance
Apr 10MondayEaster MondayOptional HolidayAlberta
Apr 10MondayEaster MondayLocal de facto holidayYukon
Apr 10MondayEaster MondayStatutory HolidayNew Brunswick
Apr 10MondayEaster MondayStatutory HolidayNT, NU, QC
Apr 13ThursdayLast day of PassoverJewish holiday
Apr 14FridayOrthodox Good FridayOrthodox
Apr 15SaturdayOrthodox Holy SaturdayOrthodox
Apr 16SundayOrthodox EasterOrthodox
Apr 17MondayLaylatul Qadr (Night of Power)Muslim
Apr 17MondayOrthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
Apr 18TuesdayYom HaShoahJewish commemoration
Apr 21FridayEid ul FitrMuslim
Apr 24MondaySt. George's DayLocal holidayNL
Apr 26WednesdayYom HaAtzmautJewish holiday
May 6SaturdayThe Coronation of King Charles IIIObservance
May 9TuesdayLag B'OmerJewish holiday
May 14SundayMothers' DayObservance
May 18ThursdayAscension DayChristian
May 22MondayNational Patriots' DayLocal holidayQuebec
May 22MondayVictoria DayStatutory HolidayAll except NS, PE, QC
May 26FridayShavuotJewish holiday
May 28SundayPentecostChristian
May 29MondayWhit MondayChristian
Jun 4SundayTrinity SundayChristian
Jun 8ThursdayCorpus ChristiChristian
Jun 18SundayFathers' DayObservance
Jun 21WednesdayNational Indigenous Peoples DayObservance
Jun 21WednesdayNational Indigenous Peoples DayLocal holidayNT, Yukon
Jun 21WednesdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 24SaturdaySt. Jean Baptiste DayLocal holidayQuebec
Jun 26MondayJune HolidayLocal holidayNL
Jun 28WednesdayEid al-AdhaMuslim
Jul 1SaturdayMemorial DayLocal holidayNL
Jul 1SaturdayCanada DayStatutory Holiday
Jul 9SundayNunavut DayLocal holidayNunavut
Jul 10MondayNunavut Day observedLocal holidayNunavut
Jul 10MondayOrangemen's DayLocal holidayNL
Jul 19WednesdayMuharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
Jul 27ThursdayTisha B'AvJewish holiday
Jul 28FridayAshuraMuslim
Aug 2WednesdayThe Royal St John's Regatta (Regatta Day)Local holidayNL
Aug 7MondayCivic/Provincial DayStatutory HolidayNT, Nunavut
Aug 7MondayCivic/Provincial DayLocal observanceOntario
Aug 7MondaySaskatchewan DayCommon local holidaySaskatchewan
Aug 7MondayTerry Fox DayLocal observanceManitoba
Aug 7MondayNew Brunswick DayPrescribed Day of RestNew Brunswick
Aug 7MondayBritish Columbia DayCommon local holidayBC
Aug 7MondayNatal DayCommon local holidayNova Scotia
Aug 7MondayHeritage DayOptional HolidayAlberta
Aug 15TuesdayAssumption of MaryChristian
Aug 18FridayGold Cup ParadeLocal holidayPE
Aug 21MondayDiscovery DayLocal holidayYukon
Sep 4MondayLabour DayStatutory Holiday
Sep 16SaturdayRosh HashanaJewish holiday
Sep 23SaturdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Sep 25MondayYom KippurJewish holiday
Sep 27WednesdayMilad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
Sep 30SaturdayFirst day of SukkotJewish holiday
Sep 30SaturdayNational Day for Truth and ReconciliationStatutory HolidayBC, NT, NU, PE, YT
Sep 30SaturdayNational Day for Truth and ReconciliationFederal Employees Holiday
Oct 4WednesdayFeast of St Francis of AssisiChristian
Oct 6FridayHoshana RabbahJewish holiday
Oct 7SaturdayShemini AtzeretJewish holiday
Oct 8SundaySimchat TorahJewish holiday
Oct 9MondayThanksgiving DayStatutory HolidayAll except NB, NS, PE
Oct 9MondayThanksgiving DayDesignated Retail Closing DayNova Scotia
Oct 9MondayThanksgiving DayObservancePE
Oct 9MondayThanksgiving DayStatutory HolidayNew Brunswick
Oct 18WednesdayHealthcare Aide DayLocal observanceBC, Manitoba
Oct 31TuesdayHalloweenObservance
Nov 1WednesdayAll Saints' DayObservance, Christian
Nov 2ThursdayAll Souls' DayObservance, Christian
Nov 5SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Nov 8WednesdayNational Aboriginal Veterans DayObservance
Nov 11SaturdayRemembrance DayStatutory HolidayAll except MB, NS, ON, QC
Nov 11SaturdayRemembrance DayObservanceMB, NS, ON, QC
Nov 12SundayDiwali/DeepavaliObservance
Dec 3SundayFirst Sunday of AdventObservance
Dec 8FridayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian
Dec 8FridayFirst Day of HanukkahJewish holiday
Dec 11MondayAnniversary of the Statute of WestminsterObservance
Dec 15FridayLast day of HanukkahJewish holiday
Dec 21ThursdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24SundayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25MondayChristmas DayStatutory Holiday
Dec 26TuesdayKwanzaa (first day)Observance
Dec 26TuesdayBoxing DayStatutory HolidayNL, NT, NU, ON
Dec 26TuesdayBoxing DayDesignated Retail Closing DayNova Scotia
Dec 26TuesdayBoxing DayLocal de facto holidayYukon
Dec 26TuesdayBoxing DayProvincial Public Sector HolidayNew Brunswick
Dec 26TuesdayBoxing DayOptional HolidayAlberta
Dec 31SundayNew Year's EveObservance

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National Indigenous Peoples DayNational Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates Canada’s Indigenous culture and the achievements made by the country’s indigenous peoples.
Holidays and Observances in Canada in 2023 (2024)


Does Canada have the same holidays as the US? ›

Good Friday, Easter ,Christmas, New Year's Day and Labour Day (Labor Day in the US) are held on the same day in both Canada and the US. Thanksgiving is in October in Canada and November in the US.

How many national holidays are there in Canada? ›

There are five nationwide statutory holidays and six additional holidays for federal employees. Each of the 13 provinces and territories observes a number of holidays in addition to the nationwide days, but each varies in regard to which are legislated as either statutory, optional, or not at all.

What are the holiday traditions in Canada? ›

Popular traditions include exchanging Christmas gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending the midnight mass. Along with sharing meals with friends and family, and waiting for Santa Claus to arrive with gifts. Many Canadians open their gifts on Christmas Eve.

What is Canada's national holiday and when is it celebrated? ›

Recent News. Canada Day, the national holiday of Canada. The possibility of a confederation between the colonies of British North America was discussed throughout the mid-1800s. On July 1, 1867, a dominion was formed through the British North America Act as approved by the British Parliament.

Are there any special holidays in Canada? ›

Canadian statutory holidays are as follows: New Year's Day; Good Friday (or Easter Monday); Victoria Day; Canada Day (formerly called Dominion Day); Labour Day; Thanksgiving Day; Remembrance Day; Christmas Day; and Boxing Day.

What is the biggest holiday in Canada? ›

December 25. Christmas is by far the biggest holiday on the Canadian calendar.

What are the observed holidays in Canada? ›

Statutory holidays are New Year's Day, Good Friday (Easter), Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day - these days are celebrated nationwide and are paid days off for employees.

Is a federal holiday in Canada for everyone? ›

In Canada, not all employees are entitled to the same days off work – whether or not businesses are closed for a federal, provincial, or territorial statutory (stat) holiday depends on the jurisdiction in which they're located.

How many holidays do people get in Canada? ›

Canada has nine national holidays yearly, and some provinces/territories have additional holidays. Employees are entitled to their regular pay on a public holiday.

What is Santa called in Canada? ›

When people are at Midnight Mass, they hope that 'Père Noel' (Santa) will visit their house and leave gifts for children under the tree. The traditional Christmas meal for people in Quebec, is a stew called 'ragoût aux pattes de cochons' which is made from pigs feet!

How do Canadians say hello? ›

A simple handshake, friendly nod, or easy 'hello' is a common way Canadians greet each other amidst the chummy crowd. Overall, Canadian greetings are as warm as a fresh stack of pancakes dripping with maple syrup.

What is the biggest festival in Canada? ›

Which is the most popular festival in Canada? The Montreal Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs, and the Calgary Stampede are some of the most popular festivals in Canada. Edmonton Folk Festival and Toronto International Film Festival are very well known.

What are national observance days in Canada? ›

Under the Canada Labour Code, employees of federally regulated industries are entitled to certain days off with pay –- New Year's Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

What is the main religion in Canada? ›

According to its most recent census in 2021, which provided general data on the country's religious composition, 63.2 percent of the population self-identified as Christian, 26.3 percent stated no religion or identified as secular, 3.7 percent was Muslim, 1.7 percent Hindu, 1.2 percent Sikh, 1.4 percent Buddhist, 1.2 ...

What holidays do Canada and the US share? ›

Many of the most widely celebrated Canadian holidays are nearly identical to their American versions, including New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

Does the US have more holidays than Canada? ›

Two of the bottom three countries, Canada and Japan, mandate at least 10 paid days off. The least generous country, the United States, is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation.

Does Canada celebrate Christmas the same day as us? ›

On Christmas Day, all the presents are opened. In Canada, Christmas Day is celebrated on 25th December. The Christmas festivities here are quite similar to the American observance of the occassion. Pantomiming wearing masks is a popular tradition in Canada and comes from Newfoundland.

What US holiday is similar to Canada Day? ›

Similar to the Fourth of July, Canada Day is celebrated widely, with firework displays, concerts, barbecues, patriotic parades, and celebratory festivals.

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