Looking forward to a holiday with family or friends, or even dreaming of a longer getaway weekend to disconnect from everyday life is the wish of many of us.

This is why we would like to give you all relevant information you should know on public holidays and other festivities in Canada, so that you can plan for them and make sure your work schedule, your kids’ scholar activities, and your well-deserved vacations run smoothly.

Check below the list of official national holidays and other special celebrations for 2021 in Canada, so you can plan ahead your vacations, short trips and weekend breaks.

Public holidays in Canada 2021

Calendar DayHoliday or Celebration
Friday, January 1, 2021New Year *
Sunday, February 14, 2021St Valentine’s Day
Monday, February 15, 2021National Flag of Canada Day / Family Day
Monday, March 17, 2021St Patrick’s Day
Friday, April 2, 2021Good Friday *
Monday, April 5, 2021Easter Monday *
Sunday, May 9, 2021Mother’s Day
Monday, May 24, 2021Victoria Day *
Sunday, June 20, 2021Father’s Day
Monday, June 21, 2021National Indigenous Peoples Day
Thursday, June 24, 2021St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec only)
Thursday, July 1, 2021Canada Day *
Monday, August 2, 2021Civic / Provincial Day
Monday, September 6, 2021Labour Day *
Monday, October 11, 2021Thanksgiving Day *
Thursday, November 11, 2021Remembrance Day *
Saturday, December 25, 2021Christmas Day *
Sunday, December 26, 2021Boxing Day
Friday, Dec 31, 2021New Year’s Eve

* These are official holidays in Canada

Every other legal holiday in Canada is set by either the provincial or territory governments, or a particular worker’s contract with their employer.

Note: A public holiday isn’t worth much if it falls on the weekend — when no one was going to be working anyway. In recognition of this fact, Canadian holiday laws state that if a date-specific holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, workers can take off the closest Monday instead.

Some important considerations

During the above official holidays, most businesses, government offices, and banks will be closed. However, many tourist attractions stay open on public holidays, so take the opportunity to visit museums, zoos and other recreational areas, as some of them may even offer free admission or ticket discounts. Nevertheless, this is not a rule, so it is recommended to contact the place you wish to visit in advance to make sure they are open to the public.

Not only hospitals and health services will remain open, but also restaurants, malls, department stores and entertainment centers (such as movie theaters) are normally also opened during public holidays and may offer special sales in order to attract customers.

Public and private schools and universities normallly take the day off during official holidays, however, each establishment may choose whether to observe the holiday or not.

Administrative Procedures in other countries:

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