2016 Canadian Statutory Holidays
Details and a complete list of all Canadian statutory holidays in 2016.
Canada Day is on Friday, giving all of us an automatic long weekend without having to take an extra day or two off to fill the gap between Canada day and the weekend.
Halloween is on Monday. Too bad it's not a holiday - a halloween long weekend would be awesome!
The 2016 summer olympic games in Rio are from Aug 5 - 21, 2016. There are no Canadian holidays during this time so you will need to take a few vacation days if you plan to go.
Christmas in 2016 is on Sunday and Boxing Day is on Monday, which means that similar questions will arise about "official" vacation days as the year before when Boxing Day was on a weekend. See what people had to say about Boxing Day last year.
List of Canadian holidays in 2016
|Holiday||Date in 2016||Observance|
|New Year's Day||January 1, Friday||National|
|Islander Day||February 15, Monday||PEI|
|Louis Riel Day||Feb 15, Monday||MB|
|Heritage Day||February 15, Monday||NS|
|Family Day||February 15, Monday (Feb 8 in BC)||BC, AB, SK, ON|
|Valentine's Day||February 14, Sunday||Not a stat holiday|
|Leap Day||February 29, Monday||Not a holiday|
|St. Patrick's Day||March 17, Thursday||Not a stat holiday|
|Good Friday||March 25, Friday||National except QC|
|Easter Monday||March 28, Monday||QC|
|Mother's Day||May 8, Sunday||Not a stat holiday|
|Victoria Day||May 23, Monday||National except NB, NS, NL|
|Father's Day||June 19, Sunday||Not a holiday|
|Aboriginal Day||June 21, Tuesday||NWT|
|St. Jean Baptiste Day||June 24, Friday||QC|
|Canada Day||July 1, Friday||National|
|Civic Holiday||August 1, Monday||AB, BC, SK, ON, NB, NU|
|Labour Day||September 5, Monday||National|
|Thanksgiving||October 10, Monday||National except NB, NS, NL|
|Halloween||October 31, Monday||Not a holiday|
|Remembrance Day||November 11, Friday||National except MB, ON, QC, NS|
|Christmas Day||December 25, Sunday||National|
|Boxing Day||December 26, Monday||ON|
Leap year 2016
2016 is a leap year, February 29th is a Monday. A leap year is when the year is divisible by 4 or 400 but not by 100. It's a general misconception that every year is a leap year that is divisible by 4. There are two exceptions to this rule: If a year is also divisible by 100 then it's not a leap year unless it's also divisible by 400. In other words every 400 years there are three years that, while divisible by 4 aren't leap years.
Daylight saving time is from March 13 to November 6. Which way to turn the clock? Easy: spring forward, fall back!
Finally, a poll: How would you change Canada's holiday system? Tell us what changes you would like to see to our convoluted stat holiday rules.
Send in your comments, tips and ideas about holidays in Canada for 2016
I agree with Dawn's comments. Get rid of the religious holidays, since 95% of you aren't Christian anyhow....
We as Canadians get way more holidays than the Americans,we should be happy with what we have.
Remembrance day is NOT a celebration of war! It is a remembrance of those who died as a result of the folly of war and the falure of diplomacy. We hold this day in remembrance because if we fail to remember our history we are doomed to repeat it!
We should do away with all these religious and war-related days and emphasize family and comfort. War begets war and celebrating it is sick.
I vote for a 4 day work week (10 hour days).
It would be more rewarding to work 4 on and have 3 off.