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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Anonymous:

Family Day is a good theory; unfortunately, it interferes with some vital work where time is of the essence: Cremations. A family member of ours passed away the day before Family Day. Her cremation was delayed 3.5 DAYS because of the number of bodies awaiting cremation. While families were out having fun with their kids, ours was sickened by the knowledge of the awful, deteriorating processes going on in her body. Some legislator did not provide thought for about essential services like this. Or have alternating crematoria operate in revolving order on Family Day to preserve the respect for the dead.

Posted by Gwen:

We are very lucky to live in a country that has so many Statutory Holidays. It would be nice to see some voices of appreciation, instead of condemnation. We have different provinces, because there are slight differences, and that is an inspiration to see our beautiful country thrive in acceptance of it all.

Anonymous:

I think it's ridiculous that all of Canada dosen't have the same statutory holidays,especially on Rememberence Day. Of all the stat holidays this should be one that all of Canada should respect together .Now more than ever ,the way things are around the world!

Anonymous:

How can we expect employers to continue this. Everyone wants to get paid for not working. This government is a great example of our future. How to progress without putting in.

Anonymous:

"(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.)" Private sector workers outnumber public servants 15 to 1, so the likelihood of private sector workers commenting is much greater. There's really nothing interesting or conclusive about that observation.

Posted by Louis:

Are we supposed to get pay for this holiday?

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