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Nova Scotia Public Holidays

Discover upcoming public holiday dates for Nova Scotia and start planning to make the most of your time off.

The Labour Standards Code determines holidays that are celebrated in Nova Scotia as well as how employees must be paid for those holidays. Most of the holidays celebrated in Nova Scotia are celebrated throughout Canada although there are some that have different regulations than others.

There are six statutory holidays in Nova Scotia, including New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day. If a holiday falls on a weekend, it can be celebrated on either the Friday before the holiday or the Monday after, depending on which day of the weekend the holiday falls.

Nova Scotia celebrates Nova Scotia Day on the third Monday in February to honour the heritage of the province. The holiday was added in 2015 and is considered a civic holiday. Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 and an employee required to work on that day may be eligible for another day off with pay. The day may be taken at the end of an employee’s vacation or on another day mutually agreed upon between the employer and employee.

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