Canadian Statutory Holidays 2021
|Observance||English Name||French Name||Remarks|
|January 1||New Year’s Day||Nouvel an (Jour de l’an)||Statutory. Celebrate the first day of every year in the Gregorian calendar.|
|April 15||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 23||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 5||Labour Day||fête du travail||Statutory holiday in all Provinces|
|September 30||National Day for Truth and Reconciliation||Journée nationale de la vérité et de la réconciliation||Statutory, The government of Canada passed legislation in 2021 to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools are never forgotten.|
|October 11||Thanksgiving Day||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, Newfoundland and Labrador. Commemoration of Canada’s war heroes. Anniversary of the armistice ending World War I in 1918.|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Noël||Statutory. Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; traditionally 25 December, in 2021 Christmas falls on Saturday. Check with your employer about your day off.|
|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.|
Since the Corona Virus Pandemic hit the world in December 2020, the year 2021 has been tough for everyone on Earth. Millions of people died and the spared continues with different virus variants.
In Canada, The corona hit hard on its economy and thousands lost their job due to Covid restrictions imposed on businesses and the service industry. Another major change is working from home, many employers asked their employees to work from home and some businesses implemented rotation systems to work from home & Office. As per research conducted by Mental Health Research Canada, One-third of Canadians report their mental health is affecting their ability to function, with social and family life being hit hard.
The most affected Canadian businesses’ by pandemic restrictions: retail, entertainment, accommodation, and food services. When we are dealing with a pandemic, it is a very stressful event for individuals and communities and many Canadians have mental health issues, stress, and financial issues. The Canadian government launched many programs to help Canadians to face these difficult situations.
Since the parks, indoor playgrounds, movie theaters, entertainment centers are closed/restricted access, and Canadians are advised to stay home, it’s been a very silent year for most of them. All school boards across the country promoted online schooling and in-class learning are doing with a limited number of students per class. So it’s been a tough time for families.
Footnote- The Vaccine roll-out in Canada is in progress, let’s hope for the best for the rest of the year…