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. Another great place to visit is Toronto Islands - a popular long weekend and holiday destination.
Ontario is the only province where Boxing Day is a provincial statutory holiday.
Below is a list of holidays in Ontario and dates when they are observed in 2016 and 2017.
|New Year's Day
|Fri, January 1||Sun, January 1|
Third Monday in February
|Mon, February 15||Mon, February 20|
Friday before Easter Sunday
|Fri, March 25||Fri, April 14|
|Easter Monday *
Government employees only
|Mon, March 28||Mon, April 17|
Monday before May 25
|Mon, May 23||Mon, May 22|
|Fri, July 1||Sat, July 1|
First Monday in August
* not an official stat holiday.
|Mon, August 1||Mon, August 7|
First Monday in September
|Mon, September 5||Mon, September 4|
Second Monday in October
|Mon, October 10||Mon, October 9|
|Sun, December 25||Mon, December 25|
|Mon, December 26||Tue, 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.