2015 Canadian Statutory Holidays

The next holiday is Christmas Day in 16 days.

Read about Canadian statutory holidays in 2015. A new holiday in 2015 for Nova Scotia is Viola Desmond Day, observed on February 16th.

Christmas in 2015 is on Friday and Boxing Day is on Saturday. The big question is: if you don't normally work on Saturdays do you get another day off in lieu? Do you get paid if you don't? What if you normally work on Saturdays? We created a page dedicated to this issue: Is Boxing Day a paid holiday in 2015?

A major event in 2015 is the Pan Am games hosted in the Greater Toronto Area from July 10 - 26 between Canada Day and the Civic Holiday. Be sure to plan for any time off work well in advance whether you want to attend the games as a spectator or as a volunteer.

List of Canadian holidays in 2015:

Holiday Date in 2015 Observance
New Year's Day January 1, Thursday National
Islander Day February 16, Monday PEI
Louis Riel Day Feb 16, Monday MB
Family Day February 16, Monday (Feb 9 in BC) BC, AB, SK, ON
Viola Desmond Day February 16, Monday NS
Valentine's Day February 14, Saturday Not a stat holiday
St. Patrick's Day March 17, Tuesday Not a stat holiday
Good Friday April 3, Friday National except QC
Easter Monday April 6, Monday QC
Mother's Day May 10, Sunday Not a stat holiday
Victoria Day May 18, Monday National except NB, NS, NL
Father's Day June 21, Sunday Not a stat holiday
St. Jean Baptiste Day June 24, Wednesday QC
Aboriginal Day June 21, Sunday NWT
Canada Day July 1, Wednesday National
Civic Holiday August 3, Monday AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU
Labour Day September 7, Monday National
Thanksgiving October 12, Monday National except NB, NS, NL
Halloween October 31, Saturday Not a stat holiday
Remembrance Day November 11, Wednesday National except MB, ON, QC, NS
Christmas Day December 25, Friday National
Boxing Day December 26, Saturday ON

This 2015 holiday calendar is available to download as a PDF and as a printer-friendly page.

Can you remember all the dates and exceptions? Is the holiday system in Canada too complicated? How would you change it?.

Additional information for 2015

March break this year is March 16 - 20 (inclusive).

Halloween is on a Saturday - no rush home from work to be on time for trick or treating!

Easter Sunday is not a stat holiday - which is odd because Easter in fact is celebrated on Sunday. Instead, Good Friday is a holiday - and Easter Monday if you are on the goverment's payroll or live in Quebec.

2015 is not a leap year - 2016 will be a leap year. FYI a leap year is when the year is divisible by 4 or 400 but not by 100.

Daylight savings time starts on March 8 - move clock one hour forward - and it ends on November 1 when clocks move one hour back.

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What are you planning to do, where will you travel during your holidays in 2015? Do you have some good holiday stories, comments or tips?

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Recent comments
Anonymous:

Seems there is a Misconception. Most businesses in NS are still required to be closed on days like Thanksgiving and Remembrance day, but they just aren't paid holidays like in other provinces. Take that how you will.

Anonymous:

It's not saying that we (Nova Scotians) don't observe Remembrance Day, it's stating that it't not a stat holiday for us -therefore not a paid day off.

Anonymous:

Just to let everyone know the information provided on this website is completely wrong. If you would like the correct holiday list go to www.cra-arc.gc.ca.

Anonymous:

I don't get why it says that Nova Scotia doesn't observe remembrance day. I can't speak for the whole province but here in Halifax everything shuts down for the day. We're considered an army/naval city.

Anonymous:

Those that don't have nov 11th as a national Holiday cause people to forget those who have sacrificed

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