Statutory Holidays in Ontario in 2016 and 2017

The following holidays are observed in addition to the national holidays in Canada: Family Day, Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, 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. Most retail stores are open on the civic holiday across the province.

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, especially near the beginning of May when blossoming cherry trees attract large crowds. Another great place to visit is the Toronto Islands, a popular long weekend and holiday destination for many families.

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

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.

Below is a list of holidays in Ontario and dates when they are observedin 2016 and 2017.

Holiday 2016 2017
New Year's Day
January 1
Fri, January 1 Sun, January 1
Family Day
Third Monday in February
Mon, February 15 Mon, February 20
Good Friday
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fri, March 25 Fri, April 14
Easter Monday *
Government employees only
Mon, March 28 Mon, April 17
Victoria Day
Monday before May 25
Mon, May 23 Mon, May 22
Canada Day
July 1
Fri, July 1 Sat, July 1
Civic Holiday
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
Mon, August 1 Mon, August 7
Labour Day
First Monday in September
Mon, September 5 Mon, September 4
Thanksgiving Day
Second Monday in October
Mon, October 10 Mon, October 9
Christmas Day
December 25
Sun, December 25 Mon, December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
Mon, December 26 Tue, December 26

* Only federal employers are required to give the day off.

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