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!
Send us your holiday tips, comments, observations or ideas about Family Day.
Are we supposed to get pay for this holiday?
If we had Sundays like we use to we certainly would not need such a holiday...I miss family Sunday dinners. We use to do a lot more "family oriented" gatherings with family as there were no stores open just corner stores and some tourist spots.
I added the sentence "It's interesting how public servants don't complain..." to spark a debate. It worked. Often I see comments about Easter Monday, for example, when private sector workers work and public servants don't, remarking on the unfairness of such holidays. What can I say? The holiday system in Canada is c*r*a*z*y! Hence this website :-)
Nova Scotia celebrates this holiday as well
I work decommissioning a federal nuclear site. They say we are federal employees so we don't get Louis Riel day off. Interesting how we are loosing our federal pension due to contractors taking over but we are still Feds when it comes to loosing General holidays
Employers should be required to give family day off. My son only sees his dad on weekends and this weekend he should have been able to spend the long weekend with his dad but his dad's employer doesn't give family day off.