2019 Holidays Canada

As with most countries, Canada's national holidays generally mark religious, quasi-religious or patriotic occasions. Statutory holidays are observed by federal employees and most Canadians, although increasingly, statutory holidays are becoming days for shopping and for large sales. Below is a listing of all Canadian public holidays and Parlamentary mandated observations. Have a look at our calendar with canadian holidays pages for printable calendars with Canadian holidays.

Canadian Public Holidays

Canadian holidays

New Year's Day
New Year’s Day marks the first day of the year, January 1st, according to the Gregorian calendar. Many cultures celebrate this day as it marks the end of one year and the beginning of the next. For many, this day is symbolic in that it gives one an opportunity to reflect, assess accomplishment and failures, and marks a time to resolve to make positive changes for the future. Many celebrations occur to ring in the new year including fireworks at midnight, parades, time with family, and for many, New Year’s Day is a day of recover from New Year’s Eve celebrations the previous night.

Good Friday
Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is a holiday rooted in the Christian faith. Good Friday is celebrated to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is important to Christians because it marks the end of the bondage of sin. Most Christians attend a special sermon where they are reminded of the events that took place at Calvary.

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2019 Canada holidays

Holiday NameHoliday Date
New Years Day Tuesday, January 01 2019
Sir John A Macdonald DayFriday, January 11 2019
Raoul Wallenberg DayThursday, January 17 2019
Lincoln Alexander DayMonday, January 21 2019
Black History MonthFriday, February 01 2019
National Flag of Canada DayFriday, February 15 2019
Int Women’s DayFriday, March 08 2019
Commonwealth DayMonday, March 11 2019
Journée Inte de la FrancophonieWednesday, March 20 2019
Int Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationThursday, March 21 2019
Purple DayTuesday, March 26 2019
Pope John Paul II DayTuesday, April 02 2019
World Autism Awareness DayTuesday, April 02 2019
Tartan DaySaturday, April 06 2019
National Volunteer WeekMonday, April 08 2019
Vimy Ridge DayTuesday, April 09 2019
National Wildlife WeekWednesday, April 10 2019
Good Friday Friday, April 19 2019
National Organ and Tissue Donor WeekSunday, April 21 2019
World Book and Copyright DayTuesday, April 23 2019
Workers Mourning DaySunday, April 28 2019
Journey to Freedom DayTuesday, April 30 2019
Asian Heritage MonthWednesday, May 01 2019
Holocaust Memorial Day Yom HaShoahThursday, May 02 2019
National Mining WeekMonday, May 13 2019
Int Museum DaySaturday, May 18 2019
National Fiddling DaySaturday, May 18 2019
Victoria Day Monday, May 20 2019
National Aboriginal History MonthSaturday, June 01 2019
National Day to Promote Health and Fitness for all CanadiansSaturday, June 01 2019
Canadian Armed Forces DaySunday, June 02 2019
Canadian Environment WeekWednesday, June 05 2019
Clean Air DayWednesday, June 05 2019
National Blood Donor WeekFriday, June 14 2019
National Public Service WeekMonday, June 17 2019
National Aboriginal DayFriday, June 21 2019
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of TerrorismSunday, June 23 2019
Celebrate Canada DaysMonday, June 24 2019
Saint Jean Baptiste Day Fête nationale du QuébecMonday, June 24 2019
Canadian Multiculturalism DayThursday, June 27 2019
Canada Day Monday, July 01 2019
Canada History WeekMonday, July 01 2019
Korean War Veterans DaySaturday, July 27 2019
A Day of Commemoration of the Great UpheavalSunday, July 28 2019
National Peacekeepers’ DayFriday, August 09 2019
National Acadian DayThursday, August 15 2019
Labour Day Monday, September 02 2019
Merchant Navy Veterans DayTuesday, September 03 2019
Int Literacy DaySunday, September 08 2019
Int Day of PeaceSaturday, September 21 2019
National Hunting Trapping and Fishing Heritage DaySaturday, September 21 2019
Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial DaySunday, September 29 2019
Women’s History MonthTuesday, October 01 2019
National Seniors DayTuesday, October 01 2019
Int Day of the Girl ChildFriday, October 11 2019
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 14 2019
Persons DayFriday, October 18 2019
World Day for Audiovisual HeritageSunday, October 27 2019
National UNICEF DayThursday, October 31 2019
Rememberance Day Monday, November 11 2019
National Philanthropy DayFriday, November 15 2019
Sir Wilfrid Laurier DayWednesday, November 20 2019
Child DayWednesday, November 20 2019
Holodomor Memorial DaySaturday, November 23 2019
Int Day of Persons with DisabilitiesTuesday, December 03 2019
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenFriday, December 06 2019
Human Rights DayTuesday, December 10 2019
Anniversary of the Statute of WestminsterWednesday, December 11 2019
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25 2019
Boxing DayThursday, December 26 2019

2020 Canada holidays

Holiday NameHoliday Date
New Years Day Wednesday, January 01 2020
Sir John A Macdonald DaySaturday, January 11 2020
Raoul Wallenberg DayFriday, January 17 2020
Lincoln Alexander DayTuesday, January 21 2020
Black History MonthSaturday, February 01 2020
National Flag of Canada DaySaturday, February 15 2020
Int Women’s DaySunday, March 08 2020
Commonwealth DayMonday, March 09 2020
Journée Inte de la FrancophonieFriday, March 20 2020
Int Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationSaturday, March 21 2020
Purple DayThursday, March 26 2020
Pope John Paul II DayThursday, April 02 2020
World Autism Awareness DayThursday, April 02 2020
Tartan DayMonday, April 06 2020
Vimy Ridge DayThursday, April 09 2020
Good Friday Friday, April 10 2020
National Wildlife WeekFriday, April 10 2020
National Volunteer WeekMonday, April 13 2020
National Organ and Tissue Donor WeekSunday, April 19 2020
Holocaust Memorial Day Yom HaShoahTuesday, April 21 2020
World Book and Copyright DayThursday, April 23 2020
Workers Mourning DayTuesday, April 28 2020
Journey to Freedom DayThursday, April 30 2020
Asian Heritage MonthFriday, May 01 2020
National Mining WeekMonday, May 11 2020
National Fiddling DaySaturday, May 16 2020
Victoria Day Monday, May 18 2020
Int Museum DayMonday, May 18 2020
National Aboriginal History MonthMonday, June 01 2020
Clean Air DayWednesday, June 03 2020
Canadian Environment WeekFriday, June 05 2020
National Day to Promote Health and Fitness for all CanadiansSaturday, June 06 2020
Canadian Armed Forces DaySunday, June 07 2020
National Blood Donor WeekSunday, June 14 2020
National Public Service WeekMonday, June 15 2020
National Aboriginal DaySunday, June 21 2020
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of TerrorismTuesday, June 23 2020
Celebrate Canada DaysWednesday, June 24 2020
Saint Jean Baptiste Day Fête nationale du QuébecWednesday, June 24 2020
Canadian Multiculturalism DaySaturday, June 27 2020
Canada Day Wednesday, July 01 2020
Canada History WeekWednesday, July 01 2020
Korean War Veterans DayMonday, July 27 2020
A Day of Commemoration of the Great UpheavalTuesday, July 28 2020
National Peacekeepers’ DaySunday, August 09 2020
National Acadian DaySaturday, August 15 2020
Merchant Navy Veterans DayThursday, September 03 2020
Labour Day Monday, September 07 2020
Int Literacy DayTuesday, September 08 2020
National Hunting Trapping and Fishing Heritage DaySaturday, September 19 2020
Int Day of PeaceMonday, September 21 2020
Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial DaySunday, September 27 2020
Women’s History MonthThursday, October 01 2020
National Seniors DayThursday, October 01 2020
Int Day of the Girl ChildSunday, October 11 2020
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 12 2020
Persons DaySunday, October 18 2020
World Day for Audiovisual HeritageTuesday, October 27 2020
National UNICEF DaySaturday, October 31 2020
Rememberance Day Wednesday, November 11 2020
National Philanthropy DaySunday, November 15 2020
Sir Wilfrid Laurier DayFriday, November 20 2020
Child DayFriday, November 20 2020
Holodomor Memorial DaySaturday, November 28 2020
Int Day of Persons with DisabilitiesThursday, December 03 2020
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenSunday, December 06 2020
Human Rights DayThursday, December 10 2020
Anniversary of the Statute of WestminsterFriday, December 11 2020
Christmas Day Friday, December 25 2020
Boxing DaySaturday, December 26 2020
Table of Canadian public and parliamentary mandated holidays.

Victoria Day
Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday that is celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25. It was declared a holiday in 1845 in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. For some, Victoria Day is a sign that summer is just around the corner. Today, it is a holiday that is celebrated throughout most of Canada with parades, outdoor events and activities like camping and elaborate firework displays. Quebec has its own holiday, also celebrated on the Monday before May 25th, called Journée Nationale des Patriotes.

Victoria Day celebrations in Canada

Canada Day
Canada Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the Constitution Act of 1867. This act united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single dominion within the British Empire called Canada. In many towns and cities, municipal governments organize celebratory events. These include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens. During celebrations, Canada's national flag is widely displayed and a lot of people paint their faces red and white, which are Canada's national colors. The celebrations in Ottawa, which is Canada’s capital city, are particularly exuberant.

Civic Holiday
Civic Holiday is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in most of Canada on the first Monday in August. The name "Civic" is in reference to municipalities (such as cities, towns, etc.) as this day is not a legislatively mandated public holiday across the country by the Canadian federal government. It is often given a different, more specific name by municipalities such as British Columbia Day in British Columbia, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan. Most people simply associate this holiday with having an extra day away from the office.

Labour Day
Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It originally gave workers the chance to campaign for better working conditions or pay, but now is used to honor all members of the workforce. The day is part of a long weekend for many Canadians, which unofficially marks the end of summer. Many seasonal attractions and vendors close after the weekend, and it is generally thought of as the start of the fall season for students and tourist attractions.

Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October. This holiday celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Churches and homes are sometimes decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty. While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving feast on any day during the long weekend; however, Sunday is considered the most common. Foods traditionally served at Thanksgiving include roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, various autumn vegetables (mainly various kinds of squashes but also Brussels sprouts), and pumpkin pie. Canadian Thanksgiving coincides with the observance in the United States holiday of Columbus Day. As such, American towns with high levels of Canadian tourism will often hold their fall festivals over Thanksgiving/Columbus Day weekend, in part to draw and accommodate Canadian tourists.

Remembrance Day
Rememberance Day is a memorial day observed on November 11 (with a notable exception of NS, NWT, ON and QC). This day commemorates members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) who have died in the line of duty. All government buildings fly the Canadian flag on this day, and people remember those who fought for Canada during a two minute silence at 11am. Many people wear poppies before, and on, Remembrance Day to show their respect and support for Canadian troops.

Christmas Day goodies

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is a day in which many Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. There are many religious and cultural celebrations during this time. Some of the mot common traditions in Canada are to erect a Christmas tree, decorate the home, hang stockings by the fireplace, prepare a special meal of turkey and vegetables, visit friends and family, and attend a religious ceremony held at church.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day falls on the day after Christmas, December 26th, and is a public holiday across Canada. It is a day off of work for everyone, and if you have to go to work, you should be paid time and a half! It gives people the chance to take part in post-Christmas sales, watch ice hockey games, or just relax with family and friends.