Statutory Holidays in Ontario
The following holidays are observed in additon to the national holidays in Canada: Family Day, (effective 2008), Victoria Day, Civic Holiday (Simcoe Day), Thanksgiving and Boxing Day.
Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, making it the most controversial non-stat holiday in the province. Many people think that is should be a statutory holiday all across Canada.
Civic Holiday on the first Monday of August is an optional holiday - provincially regulated employers are not required by law to give this day off. It's called Simcoe Day in Ontario.
Holiday tip: If you live in or near Toronto be sure to visit High Park - it's a truly beautiful park in the heart of Toronto. Another great place to visit is Toronto Islands - a popular long weekend and holiday destination.
Below is a list of stat holidays in Ontario and dates when they are observed in 2014 and 2015.
|New Year's Day
|Wed, January 1||Thu, January 1|
Third Monday in February
|Mon, February 17||Mon, February 16|
Friday before Easter Sunday
|Fri, April 18||Fri, April 3|
|Easter Monday *
Government employees only
|Mon, April 21||Mon, April 6|
Monday before May 25
|Mon, May 19||Mon, May 18|
|Tue, July 1||Wed, July 1|
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
|Mon, August 4||Mon, August 3|
First Monday in September
|Mon, September 1||Mon, September 7|
Second Monday in October
|Mon, October 13||Mon, October 12|
|Thu, December 25||Fri, December 25|
|Fri, December 26||Sat, December 26|
* Only federal employers are required to give the day off.
In Ontario retail stores aren't permitted to be open on Easter Sunday. Certain exceptions apply but for the most part retail stores will be closed.