Statutory Holidays in Ontario 2014 and 2015

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.

Ontario is the only provice where Boxing Day is a provincial statutory holiday.

Below is a list of holidays in Ontario and dates when they are observed in 2014 and 2015.

Holiday 2014 2015
New Year's Day
January 1
Wed, January 1 Thu, January 1
Family Day
Third Monday in February
Mon, February 17 Mon, February 16
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, April 18 Fri, April 3
Easter Monday *
Government employees only
Mon, April 21 Mon, April 6
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 19 Mon, May 18
Canada Day
July 1
Tue, July 1 Wed, July 1
Civic Holiday
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
Mon, August 4 Mon, August 3
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 1 Mon, September 7
Thanksgiving Day
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 13 Mon, October 12
Christmas Day
December 25
Thu, December 25 Fri, December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
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.

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