Holidays and Observances in canada for 2024

What are the main holidays in 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 Parliamentary mandated observances. Please refer to Designation of National Days and Observances publication for more more information. Have a look at our calendar with canadian public holidays pages for printable calendars with holidays in Canada. These public holidays are usually observed in all provinces and territories across Canada. Click on any holiday below for more details and dates for the next 10 years.


DateDayHoliday NameHoliday Type
Jan 1MondayNew Years DayNational
Jan 11ThursdaySir John A Macdonald DayObservance
Jan 17WednesdayRaoul Wallenberg DayObservance
Jan 21SundayLincoln Alexander DayObservance
Feb 1ThursdayBlack History MonthObservance
Feb 15ThursdayNational Flag of Canada DayObservance
Mar 8FridayInt Womens DayObservance
Mar 11MondayCommonwealth DayObservance
Mar 20WednesdayJournée Inte de la FrancophonieObservance
Mar 21ThursdayInt Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationObservance
Mar 26TuesdayPurple DayObservance
Mar 29FridayGood FridayNational
Apr 2TuesdayPope John Paul II DayObservance
Apr 2TuesdayWorld Autism Awareness DayObservance
Apr 6SaturdayTartan DayObservance
Apr 9TuesdayVimy Ridge DayObservance
Apr 10WednesdayNational Wildlife WeekObservance
Apr 14SundayNational Volunteer WeekObservance
Apr 21SundayNational Organ and Tissue Donor WeekObservance
Apr 23TuesdayWorld Book and Copyright DayObservance
Apr 28SundayWorkers Mourning DayObservance
Apr 30TuesdayJourney to Freedom DayObservance
May 1WednesdayAsian Heritage MonthObservance
May 6MondayHolocaust Memorial Day Yom HaShoahObservance
May 13MondayNational Mining WeekObservance
May 18SaturdayInt Museum DayObservance
May 18SaturdayNational Fiddling DayObservance
May 20MondayVictoria DayNational
Jun 1SaturdayNational Aboriginal History MonthObservance
Jun 1SaturdayNational Day to Promote Health and Fitness for all CanadiansObservance
Jun 2SundayCanadian Armed Forces DayObservance
Jun 5WednesdayCanadian Environment WeekObservance
Jun 5WednesdayClean Air DayObservance
Jun 9SundayNational Public Service WeekObservance
Jun 14FridayNational Blood Donor WeekObservance
Jun 21FridayNational Aboriginal DayObservance
Jun 23SundayNational Day of Remembrance for Victims of TerrorismObservance
Jun 24MondayCelebrate Canada DaysObservance
Jun 24MondaySaint Jean Baptiste Day Fête nationale du QuébecObservance
Jun 27ThursdayCanadian Multiculturalism DayObservance
Jul 1MondayCanada DayNational
Jul 27SaturdayKorean War Veterans DayObservance
Jul 28SundayA Day of Commemoration of the Great UpheavalObservance
Aug 9FridayNational Peacekeepers DayObservance
Aug 15ThursdayNational Acadian DayObservance
Sep 2MondayLabour DayNational
Sep 3TuesdayMerchant Navy Veterans DayObservance
Sep 8SundayInt Literacy DayObservance
Sep 21SaturdayInt Day of PeaceObservance
Sep 21SaturdayNational Hunting Trapping and Fishing Heritage DayObservance
Sep 29SundayPolice and Peace Officers National Memorial DayObservance
Sep 30MondayNational Day for Truth and ReconciliationNational
Oct 1TuesdayWomens History MonthObservance
Oct 1TuesdayNational Seniors DayObservance
Oct 11FridayInt Day of the Girl ChildObservance
Oct 14MondayThanksgiving DayNational
Oct 18FridayPersons DayObservance
Oct 27SundayWorld Day for Audiovisual HeritageObservance
Oct 31ThursdayNational UNICEF DayObservance
Nov 11MondayRemembrance DayNational
Nov 15FridayNational Philanthropy DayObservance
Nov 18MondayCanada History WeekObservance
Nov 20WednesdaySir Wilfrid Laurier DayObservance
Nov 20WednesdayChild DayObservance
Nov 23SaturdayHolodomor Memorial DayObservance
Dec 3TuesdayInt Day of Persons with DisabilitiesObservance
Dec 6FridayNational Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenObservance
Dec 10TuesdayHuman Rights DayObservance
Dec 11WednesdayAnniversary of the Statute of WestminsterObservance
Dec 25WednesdayChristmas DayNational
Dec 26ThursdayBoxing DayObservance

* Please note that Jewish holidays typically begin at sundown the night before.

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