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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Canada. Please scroll down to choose your province or territory, or to view the national list.

What are public holidays?

Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts Canadians get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.

What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.

A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to grab a hire car and road-trip it, or fly anywhere in Canada or destinations in the US. It’s all the time you need to book a cabin somewhere and 100% chill with friends.

That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.

The meaning behind public holidays

Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Christmas, Labour Day and Canada Day may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recall the people who came before us and built the nation we call home.

The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.

Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!

Note: information about laws and regulations related to public holidays is viewable below the 2017 national list.

Choose your province or territory

Either choose your province below, or scroll down to view a full national list of public holidays.

British ColumbiaPrince Edward Island
Newfoundland and LabradorSaskatchewan
Nova ScotiaYukon
New Brunswick
Northwest Territories

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidayProvinces / Territories
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
13 FebMonFamily DayBC
20 FebMonIslander DayPE
20 FebMonNova Scotia Heritage DayNS
20 FebMonFamily DayAB, ON & SK
20 FebMonLouis Riel DayMB
14 AprFriGood FridayNational
(Except QC)
17 AprMonEaster MondayQC
22 MayMonVictoria DayNational
(Except NB, NL & NS)
22 MayMonNational Patriots' DayQC
21 JunWedAboriginal DayNT
24 JunSatSt. Jean Baptiste DayQC
1 JulSatCanada DayNational
7 AugMonCivic HolidayAB, BC, NB, NU,
21 AugMonDiscovery DayYT
4 SepMonLabour DayNational
9 OctMonThanksgiving DayNational
(Except NB, NL & NS)
11 NovSatRemembrance DayNational
(Except MB, NS, ON & QC)
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTueBoxing DayON

Laws and regulations

Public holidays in Canada are known as statutory holidays. Holidays are legislated by the federal, provincial and territorial government bodies. Canadians observe New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labor Day and Christmas Day as nationwide statutory holidays. In addition to that, each province or territory observes its’ own provincial or territorial statutory holidays.

Employees may request and obtain time off for traditional religious observances practiced by the Jewish, Eastern Orthodox or Muslim faiths.

Under the Canadian Public Holiday Law, the majority of employees are entitled to take a statutory holiday off with full compensation. The law states that if an employee agrees to work on a statutory holiday, he or she must sign a written document agreeing to work and must be paid additional wages to compensate for holiday pay. Employers in the private sector can determine the amount of extra compensation to be paid to employees who are required to work on a holiday. This usually includes essential care workers, such as medical professionals, law enforcement personnel and emergency services employees.

According to Part III of the Canada Labour Code, employees are entitled to nine paid holidays per year. Under the Code, a statutory holiday is defined as a day in which professionals, managers and employees are entitled to a day off with full compensation.