Family Day 2016 in Canada

Family Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February except in BC where it's the 2nd Monday of February.

In 2016 Family Day is Feb 15 (Feb 8 in BC)

Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Monday in February is the Louis Riel Day holiday.

Since this is not a federally established holiday all federal workers work on Family day including post office employees and public servants. (It's interesting how public servants don't complain about this in the comments area the same way private sector workers complain about having to work on Easter Monday when public servants have the day off.)

Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart.

As mentioned above, unfortunately, not everyone gets Family Day off, which makes it a debatable holiday in many provinces. Why can't the whole country simple agree on 9 or 10 common statutory holidays remains a mystery and a good indicator of just how overcomplicated our laws are.

Common Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding/skiing and going to various winter festivals. But the best best thing about of Family Day must be beaver tails and stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes with maple syrup!

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Posted by Jocelyn:

My company recognizes family day which in turn means my pay is shortened and living on a two income family we depend on my full pay. If this is to be a true family day as the government puts it and some employers abide by it then us as employees should not suffer by losing our so important full pay checks.

Posted by Nava:

In Italy there is still every week family day. In fact, each Sunday, everybody with their family and friends, from child to elderly people get together, in the morning to evening doing fun activities together and spending very healthy bonding family time together that its memories last for their entire life. A fantastic relationship that support and comfort each other in the moments of difficulties, as well as in their joys. This is what I'm missing here in Canada. I hope on day in Canada too, we could have one day per week as statuary family day that everybody, especially members of the same family could be really all together in one day to enjoy each other.


I work for a national company - not government. There's no union, so no special pay for having to work. We all have to work and we all have families. This "holiday" is insulting and unfair.

Posted by dmc:

I suspect BC's Family Day (2nd Monday of Feb.) was chosen for consumerism. U.S. President's Day holiday(3rd Monday of Feb.) allows visitors to B.C. to shop when all retailers are open...and vice-versa


Oh yes, the ole mighty dollar, I remember when Sundays, everyone had off, and was a much happier world, we should all world wide refuse to work on Sundays, and go back to how it was.

Posted by Paula :

I was just thinking what I saw posted by Anonymous.....Family Day = Sunday.

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