Canadian Public Holidays 2020

Canadian Public Holidays

Date English Name French Name Remarks
January 1 New Year’s Day Nouvel an (Jour de l’an) Statutory. Celebrates the first day of every year in the Gregorian calendar. Also January 2 in Quebec.
April 10 Good Friday vendredi saint Statutory, except in Quebec where Easter Monday is statutory. Acknowledges the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, traditionally on 3 April, 33 AD; see Good Friday article for details. Not fully observed in Quebec.
May 18 Victoria Day fête de la Reine Statutory, except in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Celebration of the birthday of the current Canadian monarch. (Originally, May 24 was the birthday of Queen Victoria.) In Quebec, Victoria Day and National Patriotes Day (Commemoration of the Lower Canada Rebellion) are celebrated on the same day.
July 1 Canada Day fête du Canada Statutory. Commemoration of Canada’s 1867 Confederation. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Day and Memorial Day (Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme) are celebrated on the same day.
September 7 Labour Day fête du travail Statutory.
October 8 Thanksgiving action de grâce Statutory, except in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. A day of general thanks for one’s blessings. (Note: Thanksgiving is not celebrated on the same day as it is in the U.S.)
November 11 Remembrance Day jour du souvenir Statutory holiday everywhere except Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland, and Labrador. Commemoration of Canada’s war dead. Anniversary of the armistice ending World War I in 1918.
December 25 Christmas Noël Statutory. Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ; traditionally 25 December
December 26 Boxing Day lendemain de Noël Statutory in Ontario and federal jurisdictions. The day when shops sell off excess Christmas inventory. It is not an official holiday in Quebec or British Columbia.

 

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