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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your province’s calendar.

DateDayHolidayProvinces
1 JanSunNew Year's Day National
13 FebMonFamily Day BC
20 FebMonIslander Day PEI
20 FebMonHeritage Day NS
20 FebMonFamily Day AB, ON & SK
20 FebMonLouis Riel Day MB
14 AprFriGood Friday National except QC
17 AprMonEaster Monday QC
22 MayMonVictoria Day National except NB, NL, NS &
QC
22 MayMonNational Patriots' Day QC
21 JunWedAboriginal Day NT
24 JunSatSt. Jean Baptiste Day QC
1 JulSatCanada Day National
7 AugMonCivic Holiday AB, BC, NB, NU, ON &
SK
21 AugMonDiscovery Day YT
4 SepMonLabour Day National
9 OctMonThanksgiving Day National except NB, NL & NS
11 NovSatRemembrance Day National except MB, NS, ON &
QC
25 DecMonChristmas Day National
26 DecTueBoxing Day ON

Choose your province or territory

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

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.