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 Day||Holiday or Celebration|
|Friday, January 1, 2021||New Year *|
|Sunday, February 14, 2021||St Valentine’s Day|
|Monday, February 15, 2021||National Flag of Canada Day / Family Day|
|Monday, March 17, 2021||St Patrick’s Day|
|Friday, April 2, 2021||Good Friday *|
|Monday, April 5, 2021||Easter Monday *|
|Sunday, May 9, 2021||Mother’s Day|
|Monday, May 24, 2021||Victoria Day *|
|Sunday, June 20, 2021||Father’s Day|
|Monday, June 21, 2021||National Indigenous Peoples Day|
|Thursday, June 24, 2021||St. Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec only)|
|Thursday, July 1, 2021||Canada Day *|
|Monday, August 2, 2021||Civic / Provincial Day|
|Monday, September 6, 2021||Labour Day *|
|Monday, October 11, 2021||Thanksgiving Day *|
|Thursday, November 11, 2021||Remembrance Day *|
|Saturday, December 25, 2021||Christmas Day *|
|Sunday, December 26, 2021||Boxing Day|
|Friday, Dec 31, 2021||New 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:
– Días Festivos 2021 EE.UU.
– Días Festivos 2021 España
– Días Festivos 2021 México
– Días Festivos 2021 Argentina
– Feriados em 2021 Brasil
– Feiertagskalender 2021 Deutschland
– Calendario delle Festività 2021 Italia
– Días Festivos 2021 Panamá
– Días Festivos 2021 Perú
– Días Festivos 2021 Chile